Grandmaster Michael Rowe
I am the founder and Grandmaster instructor of Alpha Omega Martial Arts. My purpose is to coach, motivate, inspire, and transform the youth of our community before the world does. I founded Alpha Omega Martial Arts in 2010 after realizing that when young men and ladies are tested in key life principles, and are challenged emotionally and physically through martial arts training to apply them; the results are not only internalized but also externalized in their day to day lives. Creating this method of teaching has been more than a task, it’s been a sacrifice. I’ve discovered over the years, that it’s not about training the physical (the flesh/stubborn will), but breaking it, so that we can effectively wage war against the spiritual. (Ephesians 6:12)
Background & Experience
I have been mentoring youth formally and informally for almost 30 years and I have been training in the martial arts for over 40 years. My martial arts training includes boxing, wrestling, Taekwondo, Judo, Hapkido, Modern Arnis, Okinawan Karate & Weapons, and Kumdo. Although I’ve personally seen the benefits of martial arts discipline, I’ve always been confounded by how a martial artist can be a black belt in a dojo, but stay a white belt in life. How does a martial artist gracefully control five or more attackers with great ease, yet cannot mentally overcome more than one stressor in their life? I’ve also discovered that it’s truly meaningless if a person has great skills in a martial art, but lack the sacrificial love, power, integrity and discipline that only comes from a martial heart. I’m not committed to martial arts. I’m committed to saving the lives of our youth. Training the physical body is of some value, but training for godliness is of value in every way, benefitting in this life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)
Philosophy & Needs Assessment
Teaching our youth how to fight is one thing, but training them up to walk the path of integrity is another. King Solomon penned in the book of Ecclesiastes, “Don’t be excessively wicked, and don’t be foolish. Why should you die before your time?” So my theory of combat is to love always, and fight if you must; because in reality, people do not walk around in martial art uniforms, nor is there a octagon MMA cage on each corner. However there is an overabundance of angry and misguided young people, some are in gangs and have guns; some are in racist organizations with a heart towards hatred and violence. As much as I hate to admit it there are also unlawful police officers and over zealous citizens patrolling communities nationwide. So it’s vital that I teach our youth that the fight starts before the fist is formed, and the bullets are fired. Anyone can be trained to break boards or bricks, it is nothing truly special and even someone untrained can break a jaw, but what matters the most is when you no longer have to, in order to prove that you’re powerful.
In 2018, there were 5,368 violent crimes (Murder-Manslaughter, Forcible Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault) in Nebraska. Over 50% of these crimes occured to individuals under the age of 25. Therefore I focus on teaching the students at Alpha Omega Martial Arts, that the real weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but of the spirit, and they have divine power to destroy strongholds (parental apathy, fear, ungodly anger, lack of focus, ADHD symptoms, etc.).
A Mission with a Purpose
Alpha Omega Martial Arts was birthed through my undying passion for redirecting the lives of youth through our non profit organization which I founded in 2010. Our center has reached hundreds of youth and young adults in Nebraska through relevant and innovative programming, workshops, seminars and trainings. As I continue to develop the programs at Alpha Omega, I remain a student of God’s Word, and I try to find ways to passionately serve his people and develop innovative but effective methods for emotional stability, mental agility and spiritual security in our youth.
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