2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS
Team Focus for Freedom
Daniel Hoang, is the founder of Team Focus for Freedom, a non-profit he started in response to the kidnappings in Nigeria last year. The organization’s goal is to use martial arts to teach self-defense and leadership skills to kids around the world. Mr. Hoang, known to his students as “Danny” or Sensei, also runs five United Studios of Self Defense (USSD) Team Focus throughout San Diego. He opened his first studio 16 years ago in Rancho Peñasquitos when he left his successful career as a biophysicist to start a new career where he could impact youth and the local community at large. Team Focus believes martial arts not only teaches fitness but also promotes leadership, develops character, and teaches sacrifice and goal-setting. Mr. Hoang has now taught thousands of kids, their parents and other individuals and supported countless community fundraising efforts. He has a degree in biochemistry from University of California, San Diego.
Tariq Khamisa Foundation
Azim Khamisa is founder of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF), a non-profit dedicated to ending the cycle of youth violence. An investment banker, Mr. Khamisa became a social activist after his 20-year-old son Tariq was senselessly murdered in January 1995. To help him with his grief, he committed his life to halting youth violence by founding TKF and other child safety programs. Today TKF has reached more than 500,000 elementary and middle school children in person and more than eight million via video, guiding youth to choose a peacemaker’s life of non-violence and forgiveness. Mr. Khamisa has received numerous awards and honors including the National Crime Victims Special Community Service Award presented by President Bill Clinton, Search for Common Ground, an international award and the California Peace Prize. He is the author of three books: Azim’s Bardo - From Murder To Forgiveness - A Father’s Journey, From Forgiveness to Fulfillment and From Fulfillment to Peace.
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