The following are real testimonials from real people who have discovered the story of Certain Victory.
I think of you often and I am proud of you for your accomplishments in martial arts. I can see you in my mind's eye when you were a young student. I remember exactly how you move. Your flexible alignment in exercise and your ability to develop overlapping movement in form, combination kicks, and free sparring were superior. I remember how you completely dominated the opponent in your first USTU-sanctioned tournament. I think you would be quite surprised at how much I do know and remember about you as a person. I had even categorized your facial expressions so that by looking at you in class, I could know what to expect. Whenever you looked up to the right, tilted your head back slightly, and let your bottom jaw drop, I knew that I was in for a long night of philosophical discussion, and I loved every minute of it.
From the very moment I met you, I believed I knew why you wanted to study the martial arts. As time went on, I saw your deep desire to put things in order, and to understand your life. I saw your courage and respected it. I felt your spirit and knew it was strong. I saw your destiny and was honored to be a part of it.
When your times were bleak, my part was not to let you fail. When your times were hard, my part was not to let you quit. Many others have done these things for you. My part was just one of many. Some you know, some you do not.
Continue to use your gifts wisely and for the benefit of others, and know that we are not alone.
Concerning your upcoming 2nd edition; I know it will be a great success, and I am looking forward to reading it. I would love to be in your book, and you may write of me whatever is in your heart. I am sending a photo to you which were taken during the time we worked together.
Thank you for thinking of me, and if anything I've written is helpful to you, please feel free to use it. In any case, 'Do not forget'.
Master Richard M. Kenvin
"Hello Chief Master Ott,
This is Mr. Bill LaVoice, student of GrandMaster Mackenzie.
I wanted to thank you for the time and courtesy given to my recent exam for Master Rank a couple weeks ago in Atco. It was a pleasure to see you and speak with you. Thank you for the pictures taken and for the signing the Tae Kwon Do Magazine.
I am the 52 year old who broke his arm on the last blind folded break of my Demo- ha! The arm is put back together and on the mend. I will put the injury behind me and move forward.
Lastly, who made the very cool calander you distributed. I really like it and would like to do something similiar for my school. Could I contact your vendor please?
Bill La Voice
"Best wishes in the success of your story for you are certainly a man of Certain Victory!"
Former Mayor of Shamong Township, NJ
October 17, 2008
Thank you for volunteering your time to speak at SCVTS in Woodstown, NJ. Your presentation helped provide our students with valuable life lessons. The connection you made with the students and staff was remarkable. I personally received much positive feedback from students and staff members. You have much to be proud of. I wish you all of the best in the future and continue your good works. Take care of your bride and those little guys as well. Keep in touch."
D. Michael Aliberti
Food Service Director
Salem County Vocational Technical High School
880 Rt. 45
Woodstown, NJ 08098
(856) 769-0101 ext. 324
Fax: (856) 769-4214
I enjoyed your book very much and want to thank you for sharing your loss and victory with me, as well as with many others. I enjoyed your life's story; it was good for me to read your book. It was very inspiring, and it prompted me to know that I should never give up. Life goes on, not always the way we wish it would, but it gives us the chance to learn from one another and to share things that are close to our hearts and very much a part of us. I don't think life was supposed to be easy, but because of God's love we will have the strength to carry on. You have helped me to grow and face life's reality in a manner that many other people could not empathize with or understand. I understand to a small degree the pain you must have experienced (emotional and physical). I do know that the hard experiences in our lives help us to understand what life is about. You are an inspirational person and a friend in whom I am grateful for your example, to my daughter Karley, to me, and so many others".
Sincerely, Karen Dolan
"I watched your documentary today and may I just take this chance to say, it is an honor and a pleasure, sir! I needed a little pep talk so I put in your DVD and regained my strength, courage, and indomitable spirit. Thank you Robert for just being you"
"This seminar was everything I'd wanted it to and hoped it would be! I not only learned valuable, life saving skills, but I got to hear Master Ott speak, as well. Not many people can capture an audience like Master Ott. His animation, humor, and articulation suck you in making the seminar not only educational, but fun! I got to practice flipping full grown men over and chopped a board in half! I would highly recommend any seminar taught by Master Ott and also encourage everyone to read his inspirational book, Certain Victory."
"Good Morning Master Ott,
It was an absolute honor and pleasure to have met you in person along with the other members of the WKF. Thank you so much for allowing myself to be a part of Robyn's 1st Dan test. This test was much more intense than the black belt test at my school. We don't even know what our forms are called in Korean and I don't even know how to count to 10 in Korean. However that is something I am going to learn. Even after the test when you presented Robyn with her certificate you also handed her a gear bag and uniform. Wow... that is something not done in our school. I was blown away by everything. You and your members made Chelsea and I feel very welcomed and we both really appreciated that. I cannot wait to see the pictures. Your dojang and home are very beautiful... we were just in awe.
It was unfortunate that we could not have had more time to chat in person but that was definitely not my last trip down there. I hope coming down there proved to you that I take martial arts very serious and am commited to training. You are a great man and knowing you as much as I have has already enriched my life tremendously. I am so thankful for your friendship.
To just let you know, I have decided to enroll in the Instructor training at my school. This will allow me to assist in classes and also give me the experience of teaching which is something I feel I may be interested in the future doing on my own. Martial arts has touched my life in so many ways and if I can share my passion with others it would be such a great self-rewarding experience. Like you, I believe in giving something postive back to others.
I have just purchased your soft cover book which I want to give to Chelsea as a gift for being such a supportive friend and was hoping you could sign it for her. She just thinks you are amazing and she fully enjoyed the self-defense seminar. We would both really appreciate that.
Thank you once again my friend for sharing your home and dojang with us. I look forward to each and every one of your emails."
I have just read your article in "TKD Times" and you very much remind me of what I have done in the past. I was born with the dissability Cerebral Palsy. I had a very hard time in the early parts of my life with keeping control of my muscles (I have a hard time now, but it's not near as hard as it was) When I was six years old I started martial arts. At first I started with Tae Kwon Do, but I was not given as much assistance that I needed at that time, so I was taken out of the class. It was about another year before I started my next, and favorite martial art, Kuk Sool Won. It was there that I was able to train my body to work alot better then it did. I got my 1st degree black when I was 13, and was able to get it along with my father which was very cool. Because of getting interests in different things however, I decided to take some time off from Martial arts, and spent more time in the special olympics. Putting that asside however, I wanted to elaborate on the subject that I put down. Although you were blind, yet you see. I have been able to do the same thing in a way. Although I have a dissability, which causes some difficulty, I have been able to do many things. I have been able to graduate from High School (which at first wasn't thought possible) spend a year in college, and I am now in my 3rd year as a night shift security officer. Although I still need some help in what I do, I still fight on, knowing that with what I have done in the past, I can still fight and be triumphant in whatever is in my future. I feel this is the same for you. I hope that you continue fighting in whatever you do whether it be in martial arts, or in your regular everyday life.
I would like to get to know you better if that's alright. I would like to become friends with you if that's alright as well. So please contact me when you can."
Thank you very much,
Joshua William Powell
"Dear Mr. Ott,
I am currently a red belt training in Tae Kwon Do in Kamloops, British Columbia Canada at the Viani's Martial Arts School. I read the Tae Kwon Do times magazine every month and came across a little advert of your book. I am going for my apprentice black belt soon and one of our requirements is that we read a self-development book and write an essay on what we have learned from it. They say that things happen for a reason and I do believe that. Naturally, I selected your book for my essay and I just finished it last night. What an absolutely phenomenal book. I cannot express how much you have inspired me to be even a better martial artist. In fact, you taught me that martial arts is really a lifestyle and not a sport. How your indomitable spirit kept you going forward through everything you went through. Obstacle after obstacle you never gave up and you went forward. I cannot even fathom the internal strength that you must have. Thank you for taking the time to write this book and share your story. You are someone I will certainly not forgot and when things seem to difficult or when I am feeling sorry for myself, I just need to think of you and what you have accomplished and everything will be ok."
Thank you again,
"Dear Mr. Ott,
I write you to wish you best with the release of the audio-version of 'Certain Victory.'
Your life story is inspiring and I am sure your new endeavor will be successful.
I recently read a March 24 story in the Courier Post, which prompted this letter. The
article, which I am sure you have read, highlighted many of your life's achievements. Certainly, all that you have accomplished through adversity is a testament to your character.
As a United States Senator, I fight everyday to make life better for New Jerseyans. A life
like yours certainly lends the inspiration to keep on fighting. Thank you for sharing your story.
Again, please accept my best wishes with your release of the audio-version of 'Certain
Victory.' While you may no longer reside in New Jersey, you are indeed a fine ambassador of the Garden State."
Robert Menendez, United States Senator
"Dear Master Ott, Seasons greetings! I hope all is going well with you and your family. I have been wanting to write you to thank you and tell you what I think of your book, but have had to wait, because I was "saving" your book for my next big trip. This way, I would have a good book to read on the airplane, and maybe in the evenings in my hotel room. Well, my next "big trip" was to Puerto Rico on the first week of December.
So....it was killing me to have to wait to read it. I really wanted to read your story, and truth be told,......"I cheated" a few times and would read several pages or a chapter. This was almost like torture for me, because I didn't want to stop reading. But I kept telling myself, that as I was finding out, this in fact was an awesome book, and it would be so much better while on my long (and boring flights, and sitting in airports, etc.) So, at any rate, I finally read it a couple weeks ago on my way to Puerto Rico. I knocked it out before I reached Miami. All I can say is.....WOW.
I tell you Robert, this is one amazing and incredibly inspiring story. You certainly are a special person, and God surely has more plans for you. I am even more honored to share your friendship and brotherhood. You are the embodiment of the modern day Farang. You truly are a modern flowering knight, and you lead by example. Boy, what an example. The Temple of Certain Victory* is THE PERFECT name for your dojang. Indeed. I look forward to seeing you in the next year, and having some good fun together.
Alright, I just wanted to drop you a short note to let you know that I loved your book. I hope you have a great Christmas, and that Santa brings you lots of presents...ha.ha. I'll be in touch."
With brotherhood, Kuk Sa Nim FMS-WHQ
Grand Master Mike De Alba
*NOTE: The Temple of Certain Victory is not a place of business nor is it open to the public.
July 9, 2007
"After reading the book, I was moved by your courage, sheer determination, and strength of heart. I am sure that the book is a great motivational tool for everyone, but I am thinking it could be a great value to larger corporations given the fact that employees in every segment of employment struggle with motivation, illness, and dealing with adversity in general. In fact, hearing you speak may even be better. I certainly came away with a different feeling about you after seeing you in action at the NKMAA seminar you hosted.
In my more than 50 years of teaching martial arts, I have seen a dramatic change in the attitudes of young people, and present corporation woes are just the tip of the iceberg if I look at the attitude of young people who are expected to fill jobs in the future. I am saddened by the lack of motivation so many people show these days, and it seems that so many kids just "give up". Reading your book may just give them the courage to face adversities in a more positive manner. Thank you so much for sharing the story of "Certain Victory" with me. You have my utmost admiration Sir."
Warmest personal regards
Grand Master(9th Dan)
President of the National Korean Martial Arts Association
Rudy Timmerman, kwanjang
I found your book quite inspiring and informative. You are a credit and inspiration to the martial arts and those who study them.
I always look forward to attending your seminars when you are here in New Jersey, I was already looking forward to your next seminar before the one I was attending was over, as I always do. Take care, keep up the great work.
Until we meet again."
MacKenzie's Gold Medal Family Karate
"Sir, there is a saying in the martial arts that goes, 'when the student is ready the master will appear.' That has proven to be true time and time again in my life. That statement is a living breathing thing.
Last night you came to my studio and I felt like I had personally received the best martial arts training that I have received to date. Every word you spoke seemed like you spoke directly to me. I was truly a student again, something I had lost a long time ago.
A couple of times when you spoke you looked directly at me, I didn't feel it from my eyes but from the center of my body as if you saw into the real me. My life has been altered permanently by your visit. I will never be the same. In one day I grew beyond my previous limiting beliefs into the passionate, fire breathing, Moo Sa that is again in love with what he does and the beautiful people around him.
Sir, my deepest thanks and eternal loyalty are yours as I now consider myself a student of Chief Master Bob Ott.
Many thanks from a student with a full heart. 'Life in every breath"'
Sah Bum Nim George Maybroda, Korean Martial Arts Institute
"The Biography of Robert Ott is a must-read for anyone who has experienced tremendous challenges in their life.
Robert shares his inner-most feelings on how a tragic event forced him to look into his own soul to make a choice to recreate his life but also to tap into that burning desire that we all have within ourselves to leave our mark in this world.
Anyone who has had the privilege of meeting Robert or reading this book will come away with a renewed faith that we can all overcome any obstacle that life presents to us."
"Rarely in this world do we ever gain a true understanding of what it means to be human.
In this book, I believe I have seen a small glimpse of what that means to me. Through the journey, Robert J. Ott takes us as we witness the highest highs and the lowest lows one can endure in ones lifetime but through it all there is one most common trait.... Love.
Read how this constant has forever changed Roberts life as he takes an event of unimaginable pain and suffering at the hands of another and redirects the negative into one of the most positive life experiences I have ever heard of in my lifetime.
We can all learn something here no matter what our experiences good or bad; a must read."
Blase J. DiCioccio
"Praise the Lord!
Hey Robert! I have to say that your book is AMAZING!! I’m sure there is nothing I can say about your experience or this book that you haven’t already heard—I can’t even put into words my feelings really.
I am on chapter 3 and all I keep saying is “praise God!”
Even though I have known what happened, after reading this far I have so much more respect for you than ever before and I truly mean that."
Laura Beickman, Washington State DSB
"Hey, I read your book on the plane & the beach...not my usual vaca reading material.
It left me feeling, feeling in awe I guess. Beyond my imagination what you, your family and friends went through.
I can say for certain you are an inspiration and I feel honored to have had you cross my path.
Thanks for sharing your journey. Best wishes for the New Year!"
Randi, The Flower Shop
"Hey Bobby, I was just thinking about you, I just heard the Corey Hart song "Never Surrender" on the radio (believe it or not haha) and it hit me- I don't believe I ever got the chance to tell you how much I loved the book!
It was amazing, you should be very proud...it felt like I was going back in time reading about Gogi and my dad and Aunt Reen....very emotional, very moving....but I had no doubt in my mind that it would be great."
"Dear Mr. Ott,
I want to thank you for your time and the inspiration you imparted to us at the Orientation & Training Center last week at the Department of Services for the Blind.
I have a friend who works as a Recreational Therapist in the adaptive ski program at Vale Colorado.
She is always looking for great autobiography stories of courage and overcoming great obstacles.
I was quick to recommend your story for her reading pleasure. Thank you again for telling your story and challenging others to greatness.
"Master Ott, you truly are an inspiration both in martial arts and in life.
Your story of pain, struggle, ups and downs, and overcoming obstacles where most would have given up, is deeply moving.
It makes me stop and reflect on my own life and hold you as a model of how to live life to the fullest and never give up.
Your indomitable spirit serves as encouragement for martial artists and non-martial artists alike that the practices of hard work, dedication, and will-power can help us overcome even the most trying obstacles. Pil-Sung my friend."
"Robert - I have been remiss in not thanking you for your gracious gift. I very much enjoyed the book and it now sits on our coffee table.
I started reading your book on Easter day and finished it rapidly. Your book allowed me to better understand the joys and trials which you and Kimberly have gone through over the course of your lifetimes.
Thank you again."
"Dear Master Ott,
I would like to thank you for coming back to the Dragon Gym for the April 28th seminar.
I just finished reading Certain Victory and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading it...and the last page brought tears to my eyes.
I'm currently a black belt candidate trying to find that perfect sense of courage and confidence necessary to earn that rank, inside and outside of the gym...and your story has helped me to realize that I can do it!
Christine Gazzillo, student, The Dragon Gym
"Robert's book was engaging and enlightening. Anyone who knows Robert knows how strong of a personality he is, but the books revelations as to his strength of character and mind were beyond belief. I wish I had a fraction of courage he has shown through his ordeals. Robert is the personification of strength, courage, and indomitable spirit. What a great read. I couldn't put it down."
"Hello Master Ott,
Certain Victory is an amazingly candid look in to the life, tragedy, and triumph of Robert Ott. Robert learned many things growing up, especially from martial arts but one thing he did not learn, and was never taught, was how to give up. Master Ott truly displays the warrior spirit (Hwa Rang) in every facet of his life.
On a more personal note, having met you Robert, and quite a few of the people mentioned in the book, I feel like I already know you! So many of the things you went through, I can relate to, especially in the martial arts. Thank you very much for having the courage to openly share with the world!
Hello Chief Master Ott,
I wanted to drop you a note to say how much I enjoyed meeting you sir. I had anticipated meeting you for quite some time and it was my privilege to travel to New Jersey to do so.
I really enjoyed your teaching and I found great value in the techniques that you shared. Those who could not attend missed an unbelievable opportunity. It was great to spend time with you and Grand Master McKenzie,we don't get to spend enough time with Grand Master either. My only regret is that I didn't have enough time to chat with you a little more. It was a fast and furious trip for me and I had to leave for the airport much sooner than I wanted to. I also enjoyed meeting Savannah and seeing your family brought your book to life for me. My son Dylan was excited to say the least when I presented him with the T shirt that you signed for him. He looks at you and Grand Master McKenzie as role models and I'm so glad that he does. I mentioned to Master Lavoice that we really need to get you to come to Pittsburgh because there are so many local Moosa that would benefit from your visit and I know that he would love to have you come. It was an unbelievable experience meeting you sir and I look forward to the time that we meet again.
Your Friend and Fellow Moosa
Good day Sir this is one more of the responses to your seminar.
For many years I have heard that martial arts is a "Way of Life" not just a sport. While I always believed that notion, I had never really thought of it as more than staying fit and working hard to be a better person. I stopped a few times during the seminar to watch and listen to CM Ott as he interacted with others. As I watched him move around and perform high level skills I was amazed and inspired by his positive attitude and bright outlook on life. Many times I find myself complaining or being frustrated when things don't go my way. CM Ott was dealt a tragic blow in life and has every right to be upset and most would expect him to give up or quit. Instead of being frustrated or making excuses or calling himself a victim or handicapped, he embraces life and has a robust zeal and excitement for who he is and what he is doing. It is truly amazing to see him perform at such a high level with relative ease and grace. If I didn't know better, I'd think that he had perfect vision by the way he moves and is able to strike his intended target. I loved the story about his daughter being glad that he had his accident that left him blind because if it hadn't happened then he would have never moved to Washington and met his future wife and had her as a daughter. That really put everything in the world in perspective and reassured me that God always has a plan even when we don't know what it is or why certain things happen.
Yes, martial arts really is truly a "Way of Life". I only hope that I can be as courageous if the same situation ever happened to me. Would I be as strong, as positive, as inspirational, as trusting and believing? Would I continue to practice much less teach martial arts? Would I give up or would I start something amazing that I could have never imaged?
Thank you Master Heath and CM Ott for taking the time to share your time & art with us and continuing to teach and be a positive influence in my life.
From Master Steve Seo, Head Special Guest Instructor for the event
So as I sit hear reflecting on the seminar, I have two distinct feelings - one is distinctly physical and one is incredibly more profound.
The first feeling is soreness! I can confidently say that I put in more energy and effort on the mat the last two days than I ever have at a seminar and my body is telling me so. To me, that's a great feeling and is a definite reminder that I gave it my all!
The second feeling is that of hopefulness. Hopefulness for the future of martial arts and my potential contribution to that future. Hopefulness that that future will involve my collaboration with you, a great martial artist, so that we can build a better future for martial arts together. I believe that with your passion, desire and skills and your affiliation with myself and the Hanminjok Hapkido Association and World Kido Federation, you are in a great position to do some very special things in the martial arts. I know that I will continue to look to you as a leader in Hapkido but also a leader within our organization and our organization's future. Your event was first class, hugely successful and the best overall packaged seminar I've ever taught at. Again, thank you for such a wonderful weekend. Veronica and I are both incredibly happy and already have found memories of the weekend.
Steve Seo, Master & Prime Official Instructional Director
World Kido Federation
Han Min Jok Hapkido Association
From Chief Master John L. Godwin, special guest and supporter for the event
Dear Chief Master Ott,
WOW, what a great weekend of friendship and camaraderie among Great Martial Artists. You are an amazing host and the event was First Class From Start to finish. I mean First Class starting with the Airplane ticket then limo service, Chef Ashlie and all the food services were Top Shelf. The Banquet at the Korean restaurant was a highlight as I had a chance to stand with you and share enthusiasm and words of respect. I have a long list of things I learned; and my list of what I learned is the longest from you my friend. My time together with Ken and you will always be a great fond memory and I have you to thank for that my friend. I have every intention of Paving it forward and passing on the Spirit you gave to me this weekend.
Kom Sah Ham Nida,
John L. Godwin, International Chief Master Instructor
Korean Martial Arts Institute's
Creative Marketing Concepts
Educational Funding Company
World Tang Soo Do Association
World Sin Moo Hapkido Association
PS; Below is my reply to a email from taekwondo times regarding their looking for Magazine cover stories for next year.
From: John Godwin [mailto:Master.Godwin@verizon.net]
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2:20 PM
To: 'Laura Stolpe'
Subject: RE: 2010 Cover
Dear Laura Stolpe,
I just spent the weekend with Master Robert Ott in Olympia Washington along with my associate Grandmaster Ken MacKenzie. Master Ott did a fantastic job promoting and presenting the three day Hapkido training. He is an amazing person who has lost his sight but not his vision. He hosted the event and insured all details were attended to with such precision, it was inspiring and impressive. We all lived in the same area of southern New Jersey and came up in the martial arts as a part of the same community of Korean Martial Arts. We have discussed that a great achievement and goal would be for the Three of us to be featured on the cover of Tae Kwon Do Times. I understand that Ken will be featured on the November Cover and I think it will be very well received. I would be honored to be considered; as one of the High points in my career was being selected for the TaeKwonDo Times Hall of Fame and Inducted as the Male Forms Competitor of the year in 1990. I am a Senior International Master of The World Tang Soo Do Association and the Director of Business and Finance for the WTSDA. I also serve as a 8th Dan assistant to Dojunim Grandmaster Ji Han Jae and Ken MacKenzie in Sin Moo Hapkido. I am confident based on my experience we could develop a cover story that would make a fine contribution. It would be a great Honor to be considered for a cover story and I would work to provide all information needed in a timely Manner.
John L. Godwin
Subject: 2010 Cover
We are looking for 2010 Cover Personalities. Let me know if you are interested!
Laura Stolpe, Managing Editor
From Master William A. Sharpe, participant in the event
I would like to thank you for an extremely enjoyable and educational weekend. Your generosity and professionalism is unparalleled and your students were extremely open and warm. I felt accepted and at home immediately. I enjoyed the interaction and the hospitality as well as the instructional portion of the weekend with Chief Master Daniel Sijtsma and the the head instructor for the event Master Steve Seo.
You have a beautiful home, school and family. I feel privileged to have been a part of this past weekend. Thank you.
Once again Sir, thank you for all that you have done for me and all that you do. As you say, "It's all good!". I look forward to seeing you and your students again soon. Take care Sir and give my best to your staff.
Allen Sharpe, Kidokwan member #81
Karate Masters - Family Martial Arts Center
(A Black Belt Leadership School)
Testimony from Assistant Master Vaughn LaVoice, participant in the event
hello master Ott,
I have safely returned home and just wanted to say thank you so much for a fantastic seminar, it was an incredible way for me to end the summer. I had so much fun, and I know all the other campers did as well. there was no measure to your hospitality and generosity and we truly felt like family, so thank you very much sir, and I cant wait for us to meet again in the future, 2010 seems like a big year for all of us. I wish to thank you again Sir!
Lions Den Family Karate
From Master Michael Schroeder, participant in the event
Dear Master Ott:
First, thank you so much for the seminar. Your devoted time for this event did not go unnoticed. As a practicing tae kwon doist, I really appreciated the feeling of being a student and "white belt" experiencewise in your style of Hap Ki Do. During the times of frustration, I thought of what you said about "being the student" and how much martial arts there are to learn. There is always a humbling side to this study, as you well know.
Secondly, being surrounded with such distinguished martial arts instructors was very humbling for me as well. While I train hard in my style, I really am pretty much an "unknown" in the martial arts world. I really appreciated the time each instructor took to help me out.
Thirdly, thank you for the "goodie bag." Watching the dvd made me promise to myself that I will at least spend one night in a hotel in order to take part in the festivities next time. I just did not plan that in my budget for this seminar.
Lastly, I wish to stay in touch with your organization. If there are any seminars or special training sessions that I could attend in the Olympia area could you please contact me in the future? I am from a small town in the southwest part of the state and sometimes feel a bit isolated. I could think of no better organization to train with than yours.
Again, thank you so much for a great seminar!
Your Obedient Servant,
Master Michael Schroeder
From the Mertz family (all 4 are candidates for black belt), participants in the event
Master Ott, We wanted to sincerely thank you for a fantastic trip. We learned a lot, laughed a lot and hurt a lot.
Though probably not nearly what Master Turley and Mr. La voice felt after being the partners for Master Steve Seo!
The birthday cake was so appreciated and Marlee was so surprised. We ate the other half of her slice on the plane back to Philadelphia. My husband would like to ask you if he can obtain a school patch from your KidoKwan Federation. He likes to put them on his gear bag. Its a cool way to track where we started and where we are going.
The video was so fun to watch when we got home. All of Facebook is buzzing now of talk of our great weekend. So many people connected through your seminar and they are now friendships that will last I'm sure. We are just thrilled to have been there. We are looking forward to seeing you in November.
Best Regards always,
Lynn and Joe Mertz
From 1st Dan Black Belt Krystal Armstrong, participant in the event
Good morning Master Ott,
The drive back to Canada was much better. It only took us 6 hours so we arrived home at a decent time. I wanted to email you and tell you that the seminar was fantastic not only because of the knowledge we gained but also because of all the wonderful martial artists that we met. I still can not fathom how easily I connected with so many people and how I truly felt that I was part of the family. I also wanted to take this opportunity and again express my utmost gratitude for what you did in regards to giving us membership in your great federation and of course black belts. You are such an inspiration to me and I am still in awe of your generosity and kindness. I feel so honored to call you my friend and for you to allow me to be part of your life. I wish you nothing but success and happiness and I hope to have you come to Kamloops so that you can touch so many other lives.
I am off again this weekend to attend an official ITF seminar that is located in Prince George, British Columbia Canada with Grandmaster Tran who is currently the president of the ITF. This is such a great opportunity to meet him. I am so excited to meet him but I know that nothing will ever top the seminar I attended with you. Have yourself a wonderful day and take care.
From Kwan sook, owner of the Korean Dancing Team
Thank you very much for inviting us to perform for the Korean Martial Arts Seminar and we wish for you to know that we were all especially inspired by your life experience.
You have a beautiful house and it was a pleasure meeting you.
From Jim Eggleston, participant in the event
Thank you for a very well run and enjoyable seminar. You were just too busy as the host for me to get a good opportunity to speak with you. We can talk later.
Once again, thank you for hosting such a well run seminar and I did enjoy all the extra activities that are not normally part of a seminar. Having hosted four seminars myself in the past I know how much time and expense went into planning the seminar. You did a good job.
From Jessicah Whipple, the Official Blackjack dealer for the Championships
Hi Robert...I didn't get a chance to say good by the other night after your party. I had a blast dealing the tournament and I hope all of your guests who competed did too. They were all amazing people. And you are too.
Have a good week!
From Black Belt Eric L. Kiesel, MD, PhD, participant in the event
Thank you for hosting such an outstanding seminar. I appreciate all of the effort that your associates, your family and you went through to make it a success. Also, thank you for your hospitality for making me and all of the other martial artists feel welcome. It was an excellent event that will be remembered for many years to come.
Eric L. Kiesel, MD, PhD
From 1st Dan Black Belt Dr. Steve Matthewson, participant in the event
This reply goes out to everyone in this message because I want all of you to know what a spectacular job you all did in pulling off such a great event. I am one who knows how frustrating it can be to sometimes meet the demands of our great leader master Ott so job well done fellow moosa! As for you master and friend Robert Ott, I want you to know that I came in to this event a bit hesitant and with more than a little fear about how I would hold up as I did not feel my body was up to the challenge since my training has been a bit lacking. However, after participating in every minute of training there was and giving to it everything I had, even when there were moments I wanted to find an excuse to leave or stop, I have never felt more grounded and alive and ready for more than I do today. I was especially pleased with the training with Chief master Daniel Sijtsma. He had some great insights on body conditioning that I will continue to practice daily. And, of course, our Head Instructor for this event Master Steve Seo and his ki energy techniques are always amazing. As for you my friend, Master Ott, I have known you a long time, back when we both had to count our pennies for a slice of pizza, and even then when you put together an event, whether it was just a good party or an adventure to Idaho, you always found a way to make it first class. Now is no different. You are truly a remarkable person and it is an honor to know you as well as I do. Thank you for this fantastic experience. I look forward to our next event, and our next adventure with childlike eagerness.
Dr. Steven P. Matthewson
From Doug Dixon, assistant for the event, owner and the Captain of the Power Boat at Summit Lake
Robert, I had a great time on thursday at summit lake. Thanks for including me. I know you have had a very busy past few days and I just wanted you to know that if there is anything I can do just call, anytime. I am sure your seminar was a great success and I will look forward to watching the video.
Good day my friend, talk with you soon.
From Blase DiCioccio, participant and assistant in the event
Dear Master Ott,
I have had many many great and special moments in the North West since joining you and the Flowering Warriors that I am so proud to be a part of. This past weekend I can honestly say, has been the most enlightened and enjoyable time for me in my martial arts career to date. There were more then a few times I found myself overwhelmed to the point of tears at how lucky I was to be in the presents of true real Martial Artist of the caliber that I have witnessed. It was my greatest honor to have helped our team and Flowering Warriors host your event. Thank you sir for allowing me to be a part of it. As you have said, each time we do it we get a little better, grow learn and live the true way of the warrior. Today I believe I am a little closer to that enlightenment we as moosa strive to gain.
From the bottom of my heart, Kamsahamnida
Flowering Warrior Moosa,
From 1st Dan Black Belt Robyn Jensen, participant and assistant in the event
It was definitely a weekend to remember! I felt so blessed to be in the presence of and learn from so many great teachers and to fellowship with everyone. It was my pleasure to be involved both as a student and as support
staff. Both roles afforded me a grand opportunity to learn and to build my confidence.
From Dave Sharpe, participant in the event
*NOTE: This is an email to an Official Counselor for the Washington State Department Services for the Blind. The person sending this email is not only one of the participants but also visually impaired. The State Agency paid for his participation in this seminar.
Dear Michael O'Neal,
I wanted to give you my most sincere thank you for your support at the 2009 Korean Martial Arts Super Summer Seminar - hosted by Chief Master Robert J. Ott. This event has been the most valuable and worthwhile use of my skills and energy that I have ever been to. The event hosted well over 50 participants; some local, such as myself, and some traveling from New Jersey, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Oregon and even some from as far away as Holland, Austria and Canada, of all ages from as young as 8 to some folks in their 60s. Mr. Otts hospitality and professionalism embodies what anyone should aspire to become, and this was not just my feelings, but a consensus of all the participants.
Events such as these that the state provides for the clients that need their services are invaluable. As you well know the process of overcoming challenges; such as visual impairment not only takes hard work and training, but elements of inspiration and interaction with colleagues. From the moment I showed up on Thursday night at his summit lake house he took me under his wing. He began by getting to know me as I am and he shared many wonderful truths like, that it is his people that surround him and his ability to communicate with others that has brought him the success he now enjoys. I was able to share my experiences with sighted folks who knew little to none about legally blind folks and help them to understand what challenges I face. Having gone to the NFB state conference last year in Everett where I heard Dr. Naomi Feinstein speak about the neurological effects of vision and vision loss in the brain, I was able to answer some very difficult questions from folks that had a deep interest in understanding and a compassion for helping not just me but others who face similar challenges.
Whether or not we face a disability in our life, it behooves everyone to find a mentor. Life can sometimes be in such a hurry and fiscal responsibility is a key to success with any program such as Services for the Blind. I and some OTC students that attended last year felt the pressure of an economically viable IPE and found that Individualized can mean many different things. Words at this point cannot describe the joy and feeling that Mr. Robert J. Ott evoked in me. On the last night of the seminar prior to the BBQ at his summit lake house, I had a few tears of joy stream from my eyes uncontrollably. I have not had emotion like that in well over a decade. It has rejuvenated my soul and brought hope to me when I needed it the most. So in closing I must say that the simple gesture of your belief in me and Mr. Ott was well placed and a true God sent blessing and it gave me the courage to truly understand the principles of certain victory.
David M. Sharpe
From a student under Grandmaster Kenneth P. MacKenzie who was a participant
Hello Master Ott,
I am one of Grandmaster MacKenzie's students. I was on the trip that you just recently hosted! I do have to say that you have wonderful homes and a wonderful family! I wanted to thank you for your hospitality! I had a wonderful time on the trip and I can't wait until the next one. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!
Thank you so much!!!
Stefanie L. Chrzanowski
From Brett Davis, a visitor with past training in Korean Martial Arts who was interested in meeting others during the seminar
Thanks for the invitation to your home on 14 August. It was great meeting you (and others). You have a beautiful home and family, as well as many students who respect and admire you. From what I've seen and read, the three-day event was a smashing success. Congratulations. I look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks again for the tour of your dojang, as well as taking the time to speak with me.
From Master Robert F. Turley, a participant in the event
Myself and the group wanted to send you our heartfelt thanks for hosting the most amazing seminar weekend of our Martial Arts lives. Every aspect of the seminar was a special moment in itself. The students can't stop talking about their favorite parts, and I miss being around your energy and motivation. I look forward to the next opportunity to train, talk, learn, and experience life in your presence.
Kim and I would also like to thank you for all you did to allow us to spend some time together.
Thank you again my friend.
Master Robert F. Turley
From Grandmaster Kenneth P. MacKenzie, special guest for the event
Dear Master Ott,
I already miss being out there with you. Master Steve Seo and I continue to correspond. He is a great master and I value the relationship. Please know that you are not only a terrific master-instructor yourself, mentor, roll model, etc., but you also have the rare ability to 'connect' others.....You are a 'connector', and that is a good thing. Keep up the good stuff, as I know you will. I can't believe all of the cool stuff that is going on these days.
Grandmaster Kenneth P. MacKenzie