- At-risk kids called Power, Polish and Purpose
- Don’t Be a Bully … Be a Buddy!
- Common Sense Self-Defense
Kirk Farber “He breaks boards and juggles for them. He tells kids that power is not about violence but about inner strength.”
Johnson, an expert on professional dressing, Farber, a black belt, and motivational speaker for at-risk kids called “Power, Polish and Purpose.”
Farber is the power component of the trio.
An accomplished weapons, forms and fighting competitor, Farber made local martial arts history in 2003 when he won both the black belt forms and black belt fighting titles at the annual Open Karate Championships.
Cuong Nhu, which means “hart soft” in Vietnamese, is now taught in more than 100 dojos across the U.S.
Farber’s first martial arts studio was known as the Beaches Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts.
The program builds self-esteem and helps fight obesity among children.
Farber created a spinoff event from F.A.C.E. known as “Don’t Be a Bully … Be a Buddy!” The general assembly was held for up to 700 students at six different schools this past school year.
When he’s not working with kids, Farber holds “Common Sense Self-Defense” seminars for women and seniors.
He incorporates board breaking and joggling (a combination of juggling and jogging).
Farber took top honors in musical forms and Katas and a second-place in sparring at the Sport Open Karate Championships at the Police Athletic League.
“If I’m going to talk the talk, I have to walk the walk,” said Farber, explaining his reasons for competing on a local and national level.
As one of the 10 highest ranks in the world in Cuong Nhu, Farber is still one level away from master status.
“Only two men have ever created their own [martial arts] styles by the time they were 30,” Farber said, referring to the late Bruce Lee and Cuong Nhu founder Ngo Dong, who died in 2000.
“I’ve learned from a true master. Once you do something for four or five years and become good at it, it becomes a way of life.”