Greg Park lives a double life, as any ninja would. During the day, Greg is a humble civilian, just like you and me. But at night, he teaches martial arts for free and spreads God’s good news. I am very proud to call Greg Park my sensei (Japanese for “teacher”). More of an art than a skill, Park teaches discipline, concentration, and compassion rather than the violence being a ninja might suggest.
You don’t find a ninja, a ninja finds you. Park serves the Kingdom and his community by offering free online lessons and in-person instruction. He meets at a local park in Los Angeles, providing an after school program for students who can’t afford expensive karate lessons.
He is more than a very knowledgeable sensei. He is family. He is a friend. He scientifically explains every detail of the techniques of self defense that he teaches. He explains in depth the history of the art itself as well as the country of origin. Once a month, the class sits down as a whole, after a grueling day of training, for fellowship and a barbecue. The instructors treat the kids whose birthdays fall in that month to a homemade birthday cake and celebration. Afterwards, Greg and the other instructors seek out the homeless community in the park and donate any leftover food.
Greg cares deeply for each of his students. As a brother in Christ, he is involved in each of his students’ lives. God uses him to guide the students towards a positive way of life. His philosophy videos on YouTube are really Bible teachings, as Greg hopes to share and encourage his students to discover Christ, one at a time.
Greg hopes to share and encourage his students to discover Christ, one at a time.
His students walk away not only stronger and tougher physically, but with a compassionate servant’s heart. He instills stern self-discipline in order to help grow and strengthen the will to achieve future goals in the real world. He inspires and challenges each of the instructors and students to return the favor by contributing to their own communities. This may be through giving time, money, food, protection, or emotional comfort.
Park is a modest man. He refuses to take credit and simply looks up to the sky and gives the glory all to God. —Jena Campion