Bremen Family Martial Arts hosts special guest; raises money for orphanage
BREMEN — Last April, Bremen Family Martial Arts had a special visitor come to the studio. In addition to learning new martial arts skills, students also had the opportunity to become a part of a great cause.
David Sgro — an accomplished martial arts master whose achievements include training U.S. special forces in close combat fighting and founding a kind of karate called San Kil Tang Soo Do — came to Bremen Family Martial Arts not only to share his skills, but to talk about his rather interesting personal life. The seventh degree black belt had a great career; in addition to working for the government, Sgro also owned a karate school in North Carolina. However, he gave all of that up to move himself, his wife, and their 13 children to Guatemala to start an orphanage there. Sgro was passionate about helping the children of Guatemala; said Larry Maxson, owner of Bremen Family Martial Arts.
“He is a phenomenal martial artist, but he is a better man than a martial artist,” said Maxson. “He calls himself a karate missionary.”
The orphanage that Sgro runs teaches martial arts skills to 140 orphans in Guatemala City.
“Guatemala City is the 8th most dangerous city in the world,” said Maxson. “Sgro and his family live 20 minutes outside the city.”
Sgro put together a martial arts clinic for Bremen Family Martial Arts, which was attended by 30 adult students. Donations by the participants were doubled by the studio; and Sgro came away with more than $1,270 for his ministry, Guatemala Outreach (GO).
“For our little school in Bremen to raise almost $1,500, that’s just a phenomenal thing,” said Maxson. “It was a good night. A very good night.”
Maxson said that he hopes to have David Sgro visit again. “He wants to come back, maybe in the fall, and put another clinic on,” said Maxson.
For more information about Guatemala Outreach, visit www.goministries.info. Bremen Family Martial Arts is located on 105 E. Plymouth St. For more information about their classes, call 574-209-0718.