My first contact with Nackord Karate was through an email I had sent to Mr. Nackord. I had always had an interest in the martial arts, but at a weight of 510 lbs I was afraid of trying. I was on the school's website and decided that if I didn't ask, the answer would always be "No." So I explained my interest in Kenpo and my concern about my weight. To my surprise, Mr. Nackord didn't seem to mind. He told me to give him a call. So I did.
That was 3 years ago. When I first walked through the doors I felt that I belonged there. Mr. Nackord and Mr. Van Cleve never made me feel like I shouldn't be there. Then in July, 2004 I underwent gastric bypass surgery, and since that time Nackord Karate has been a huge part of my recovery. I fully believe that if I hadn't been a student there prior to my surgery I wouldn't have had the focus or the drive to be as successful as I've been.