Big Hearts: Abilene Karate Instructor Inspires Others to Lead

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Karate is a way of life for Peter Estrada, "I've actually been practicing Martial Arts about 24 years now."

He came to Abilene for a Graduate Assistant Program in Sports Medicine. He decided to put roots down in the key city, opening up Abilene Karate Academy on North 1st Street in Abilene.

"We're a family here," adds Estrada.

"I will tell you that Master Estrada connects with everybody," says J.R. Ford, one of Estrada's students.

It's that connection that helps his students succeed outside of his martial arts school.

"That's one of the things I take pride in, is helping people grow. Helping them learn to lead, and finding their own path as this is an avenue to many great things for them," Estrada says.

His love for teaching doesn't stop on the mat. He's also a teacher at Abilene ISD's Holland Medical Early College High School.

"I teach principals of health science which is a foundational medical course as well as teaching the pharmacy technician program there," adds Estrada.m

He's a leader by day and night in the Abilene community.

Ford adds, "He's just an absolute gem and I hope we can keep him in Abilene."

Estrada says he is just doing what he loves. He admits it's rewarding to help others achieve their goals at the same time, "I don't just teach kick and punch here. We develop champions and leaders for life."

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