1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Mimi Chan, Wah Lum Temple Martial Arts Instructor, 35
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
My father inspired me the most to eat healthy and stay fit.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
My father is the type of person who leads by example. As a young child, I could see that everyone looked up to him, not just me. He is the Grandmaster of our kung fu system, and has many students and grand students. He would be the first one at the school, and the last one to leave. He was teaching several classes a day, as well as private lessons. I remember seeing him and being almost intimidated by his strength and agility, but at the same time in awe of his skill. Even today he is the first one at the school and is as active as ever.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to train in kung fu at such a young age. Growing up in a martial arts household was atypical for someone in Orlando, Florida. He was also an amazing chef, so I was happy to eat vegetables, and never understood why my school friends disliked them so much. My lifestyle was always healthy, because I had great examples to follow. I had these lessons instilled in me at a young age, and that has carried over to today. I am very conscious about eating well, and also try to lead by example. Kung Fu is my life now, not just an activity; it becomes a part of who you are and truly defines you. The discipline and hard work ethic that I have gained from studying kung fu can be applied to all that I venture to accomplish.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
Absolutely! I also teach kung fu now, and it is gratifying to know that some of my life lessons that have benefited me so much can help others too. I enjoy seeing healthy active kids, especially when most kids today are indoors watching TV and playing video games. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, just in moderation, and as long as they get some physical movement in daily.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
I always try to tell children today that staying healthy and fit is not only good for your body, but also your mind. Everything works in harmony, and it is important to always work towards being healthy inside and out. You will feel better, be happier, and also set a good example for others.
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