Greetings to one and all, my name is Kapoe Heretama I am a Pacific Islander from the Cook Islands I was born and raised in N.Z after my family had moved there in 1979, after witnessing family partying and consuming alcohol time after time on a regular bases is wasn’t too long before I had started doing the same as it was known to me as the way of life. I was smoking & drinking at a very young agethen as I had reached high school I started going to the wrong path. I had reached a point in life where I thought I could not do without these poisons that have been destroying my body from the inside out.
My girlfriend had given birth in December of 1997 we were both at the age of 18 and life was no better for the both of us, working at a minimum wage of $10 dollars an hour is a hard life for one working parent and a stay at home mother, by 2003 we had given birth to three more kids, using, growing, andgoing on the wrong path of business was a second source of income that helped us along as well as the benefit from the welfare. In 2012 my partner decided it was time for a change she had organized for us to travel to Australia to stay with a friend and start a new life, after six months of been in Australia I had found a job that was paying twice as much as I was receiving back in New Zealand, I had gained 25 kilograms and at 120kgs I was finding it hard to wake up early for work, I was always tired and too lazy to do anything or spend quality time with my kids. I would come home from work and go straight to bed because I was so tired.
When my son was in year six he was having trouble with a boy at his school who wouldn’t stop bullying him, fueled with rage when my son had told me what was going on I wanted to physically sort the matter out with the boy’s father, however I was so clueless as to how I was going to find this boy and his father, I then decided to use the internet to look up a martial arts school in the area to take my boy too, this is where I had found THE EYE OF THE EAGLE MARTIAL ARTS, so I had enrolled my son and his younger sister who is fond of martial arts, after been enrolled in the school for two weeks my son had stood up to his bully and has had no more trouble at school, I was so surprised my son had found the confidence to do this after only 6 classes of training, I then knew that this is the best place for my kids to be to learn martial arts.
Time after time I was approached by the master of the school Sifu Bill Azizi to join the school myself, however being the lazy and out of shape person I was my reply was always no, the other teachers and instructors at the school were also approaching me to join the school, however being ashamed of my body and weight I would always answer no, I had a private conversation with Sifu Bill where he assured me that he could change my body and any issues I have with my body, and that they would take it easy on me and gradually pick things up as we get along, now three years later, 16kgs down and full of energy happy about what I have achieved, I no longer poison my body with addictive substances, I have been without cigarettes for three years, stopped putting myself in the wrong path of income 18 months ago and have recently stopped drinking alcohol. I have THE EYE OF THE EAGLE MARTIAL ARTS to thank for this and the help and support of all the teachers, instructors, sifu Bill Azizi and also my partner for believing in me and helping me build up the confidence to keep going. I am now an instructor at THE EYE OF THE MARTIAL ARTS school in Bexly, I’m very excited and thank full for all that you have all done.
THANK YOU SIFU BILL AZIZI AND THE EYE OF THE EAGLE MARTIAL ARTS.