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Team Endure: best in martial arts

Team Endure: best in martial arts

Team Endure Kids Martial Arts instructor/co-owner Eric Domen Jr.

POSTED February 26, 2014 3:16 p.m.
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Born with one arm, 10-year-old Anthony Aleman's self-esteem has sharply increased since he started training at the Team Endure Martial Arts & Fitness Studio nine months ago.

The Christian principles based business helped 19-year-old Kristian Valdovinos turn his life around.
"He's more outgoing," said Alicia Yvanes, Anthony's mother. "He's always practicing with his younger brother and nephews. We'll keep bringing him here if he continues to like it. He's been getting pretty good. Everyone gets along with him."

Said Valdovinos: "I grew up in a neighborhood that was bad. I was caught up in graffiti. I got into trouble at school. My punishment was to go to youth group at Victory Life Center. It was a blessing. Without them, I'd be lost."

For the second year in a row, Ceres Courier readers voted Team Endure as the best in martial arts instruction.

"We're very excited," said Erica Custodio, academy owner. "It's a blessing for us because we've only been in Ceres for less than three years. We started as a ministry at the Victory Life Center church in Modesto 15 years ago. We opened the business to have a positive environment where kids and adults can come and train. It's important to get fit and take care of ourselves."

Business move in 2013
Team Endure relocated from 3641 Mitchell Road to 2930 Fourth Street in July of 2013.

"People love being here," said Custodio, whose business tripled its space to 3,900 square feet. "It's a family, friendly atmosphere. You can feel it when you walk in. The quality of teaching is excellent. We provide powerful words to kids, teenagers and adults. We don't preach in the studio. We don't bring out the Bible. We tell the kids to do well in school and respect their parents. We would love to expand and reach out to the community."

Aleman, Valdovinos, Jonathan Valdovinos (16), Brandy Thompson (18), Berlend Thompson (12), Michael Gutierrez (19), Makaela Morris (16), Montrey Smith (11), Eric Domen (10), Cody Medlin (10), Krystian Angel (9), Elijah Gomez (9) and Laniah McCockran (9) received lessons from Team Endure Kids Martial Arts instructor/co-owner Eric Domen Jr. on Feb. 7.

Co-owner Matthew Custodio provided assistance.

The session lasted one hour (5-6 p.m.).

Christian based
"The reason I brought her here is because it's Christian-based," said Terri Wallace, Laniah's grandmother. "They really care about their students. It's like one big family here. They teach the kids the meaning of team. They respect each other."

"We train hard but have fun," Eric Domen Jr. said.
Team Endure also offers Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Zumba and Fighter's Fitness Cardio Boot Camp classes.

Membership fees range from $40-90 per month.

"We started off as a ministry," Erica said. "We expanded. We go into schools and do a lot of motivational speaking. We can't talk about the Bible. We talk about drugs, gangs, bullying and the power of choice. We do demonstrations. We break boards, bricks and bats. We rip telephone books. We've built great relationships."
Kristian Valdovinos was in the eighth grade at Hanshaw Middle School when he attended one of Victory Life Center's assemblies.

He's been an active participant the past three years.
"Martial arts humbles you," Kristian said. "It changed my life dramatically. I want to help the next generation. If you have a dream, don't let it go."

"No matter what happens in life, you never give up," Erica said. "You endure the hardship. We glorify God in everything we do. That's why he's blessed our academy. But we don't force it (religion) on anyone. That's just who we are."

Team Endure appreciates being recognized by Courier readers.

"It's very humbling," Eric Domen Jr. said. "There are a lot of studios that have been here longer and are excellent at what they do. We're open about our faith. But we don't press it. We want to help build the kids into positive members of the community."



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