John Rodriguez, from student to master and teaching others

John Rodriguez went from student to master and plans to teach martial arts and self defense in Orangeburg. John Rodriguez was born and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he stood out differently from everyone else because he was the only Hispanic in his class. John felt he was picked up on because he stood out, his being smaller than most than his peers, and he admits to having a big mouth. John has mastered martial arts and is now

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I.C.O.N.s Wanted

The summer of 2013 I was a part of a team created by Omari Dyson entitled, the Initiatives to Combat Obesity Now. Omari Dyson is a certified physical and group trainer. He started the program to help kids in the community with losing weight and eating a good diet.  Dyson strengthened his team by bringing in a health education specialist, Mr. Dwight Varnum, to teach the kids the importance of eating right, understanding calories, and the benefits and disadvantages of

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Dyson’s Obesity Battle

Dr. Omari Dyson is a college professor in the Department of Education at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Dyson along with teaching is known for his workout plans as a certified personal and group exercise trainer. At 5’8 and 198 pounds with eight percent of body fat, Dyson sets an example for others by exercising five times a week and maintaining a healthy diet. Dyson trains people because he enjoys giving back, and he knows from personal experience troubles

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The Land Bootcamp

An hour after sunrise Omari Dyson kicks off his Land Boot Camp; a camp to help people with weight loss.   The camp is hosted by the YMCA of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Behind the YMCA, you will see a field filled with objects that are similar to items you can find at your home. A sledgehammer, different sized tires, a bowling ball, and a gym bag and cranberry juice bottle filled with rocks are a few of the many items you

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