SAUK VILLAGE | In November, Donald Hyun Kiolbassa (also known as KungFu-Cious) visited Rickover Junior High and his impact is still resonating in the hallways.
His bold statements encouraged those in attendance to LIVE LIFE and it hit home with the audience. As soon as he and his crew left the stage, the gym emptied quickly with eager kids and adults overwhelming the hallway and forming a long line to get his autograph, even while a raffle for prizes was still in process.
He came as the highlight to the weeklong Book Fair held at the junior high school. He brought copies of his book “Discover Your Dragon” and entertained the audience with high flying kicks and twisting flips, and the louder the audience cheered, the more tricks he and his partners did. He wove into his performance advice about how to become successful and live the life that you have always dreamed of. He pushed the idea that anything is possible to those who are willing to put in the hard work and never give up.
He knows what he is talking about because his life story demonstrates this concept. According to his book, he is “a gold medalist in martial arts. Born in Chicago, he decided he was tired of getting beat up on the bus. That began his legendary journey, which included training and living in seclusion at the legendary Shaolin Temple and winning a gold medal at the 2008 Wushu World Games China as captain of the United States Chinese Martial Arts team. Now a lawyer, CPA, and leader of a state-of-the art martial arts team — one that appears in many popular movies and video games — he shares with you his experience and expert advice.”
He says that “Hard work, health, balance, skills and goals are the five steps (to a victorious life). Simple, but not easy.”
The next day, students could be seen carrying his book to classes with them, reading it, and talking excitedly about what they had seen the night before, and concepts they were discovering inside the book. Even now, students are still reading his book.