The day before yesterday I got a call from NBC news desk asking about someone who they thought was one of my students. The reporter asked me if I had a student name Anthony Albano 23 years old. I said no, I did not. She said that he us listed as one his intertest on MySpace. I went and looked and he listed the South Bay Combat Club? I explained we are the South Bay Filipino Martial Arts Club. The reported was wondering if this person was some kind of martials arts expert. She said he was from Torrance and had gone to Torrance High School. I said that he was not one of my students and had not heard of him. I asked the reporter what did he do? This person had with two of his buddies on spring break had gang raped a young women in Florida at their hotel. They have been arrested and detained in Florida without bail. These young men have just destoyed their lives.
Besides these situation being terrible, I find it intersting that there is club with very simualr name, which I suspect being a MMA fight club. This is what bothers me about MMA is it teaching some skill without teaching honor and integrity. If this person had been student he would have been taught from day one to be protector not preditor! I say that it is important you know the nature of your students heart before teaching them. Who ever runs the South BAy Combat Club has to hang their head in shame that one of thier student acted this way.