Meet Paul Resurreccion | Martial Arts School Operator and President of the Board for the Tomball Christian Warriors
We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul Resurreccion and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paul, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
We focus on the family and each individual student that walks through those doors. We all want to be what our family needs us to be. Sometimes we just need help in figuring that out or in getting better for ourselves and for our families. Using Life Skills and lessons as we cultivate the relationships with our students has helped our business continue to thrive all of these years. By showing them you truly care, you build trust and students continue to want to learn and get better not only for you but for their families. Everything we do is centered around families. From how we teach, the events we hold and the community events we participate in.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a veteran of the US Army. During the day I keep myself busy as Global Implementation Project Manager building HR, Payroll, and benefit call centers across the world for Fortune 500 companies and mid market clients. I’ve been doing that for nearly 20 years. The work I’ve put in over the years has helped me to have the flexibility to be able to also be a school owner as well as serving as President of the Board of the Tomball Christian Warriors, a competitive Football and Cheer organization. Our school will be celebrating 14 years of business this year. Not only do we have our martial arts and leadership academy, we have a successful birthday party venue and summer camp program run out of the same location. We’ve come a long way in those 14 years, but we accomplished so much in just the last 4 years. At the end of 2018, we went through a significant change in our business and began changing everything we were doing. Financially, we were having a lot of success but it wasn’t the success we were looking for. We rebranded, changed the way we ran our business. We got rid of contracts that most martial arts schools use to lock in families. We got rid of testing and upgrade fees which were the norm in our industry and completely removed our cancellation policy. If we were going to do this our way we were going to do it from a family’s perspective. We revamped our curriculum and how our instructors teach. Then COVID started. This was one of the scariest times for us looking back at. But in the moment and when it was starting and going through it we acted so quickly, we didn’t have time to worry. I remember getting ready to close the school up on a Monday knowing that we were probably going to be shut down and could not hold in person classes. I headed home and something told Hazel and I we needed to head back to the school and get all of our equipment. We took bags, mats, weapons, equipment that night and we set up our living room as a studio and we were up and running March 16th of 2020 for virtual classes. We also set up a secondary studio in one of our head instructor‘s homes. We didn’t miss a beat. We had done something on a little bit of a smaller scale when Hurricane Harvey had hit us, so we knew it could be done. But we had to do it better. There were several other school operators going through the same things, our mentor Professor Beliso was a couple of weeks ahead of us being in California. Our classes were amazing and only getting better. Our instructors became better because teaching online was completely different than in person. We held testing, belt ceremonies, Easter Egg Hunts, Dance Parties, Parent’s Nights Out all online until we could get everyone back in person. We even had students join us from Chicago and other parts of the Houston area virtually. In fact, they still take classes with us online and have never taken an in person class. During that time, we were able to really build our version of success and focus on the families that needed us during this time. We provided a sense of normalcy in a very unknown time. As businesses and schools started to open back up, families were still unsure about sending their kids anywhere when they had to get back to work. So we opened back up our summer camps. What was planned to be 10 weeks of summer became 13 weeks because of the delay of school openings and then schools offered distance learning for those families that didn’t want their kids back in person. We adjusted and upgraded our internet, hired some of our summer camp counselors and did 18 weeks of distance learning during the day. What a year that was. Then as we were coming out of the first round of COVID in 2021 we decided to leave our organization and become an independent school. We had more control of everything about our business and our success. And we haven’t looked back yet.
By sticking to our Why and focusing on our families we are one of few martial arts schools remaining across the country. The number of schools have dropped significantly. But we’re here because we chose to truly care about those families and help them and others going through the same things. We banded together to protect each other.
We’ve taken that same philosophy of focusing on our why and the families in how I’ve approached leading the Tomball Christian Warriors. It’s about serving Him and all our athletes. even during Covid we traveled and competed and had a full season. We’ve placed as the National Runner up at the NHFA Tournament in Panama City Beach, FL the last two years. Our JH team was the TSCAAL State Champions and our Cheer team was the FCC National Runner Up. The organization is contining to grow and currently is being used as the benchmark by other competitive Homeschool organizations in the country.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’ve only begun to explore the greatness of our city. It continues to grow and change and new places and adventures are just around the corner. We’d have to stop at one of the BBQ places in town, but which one. We could choose Truth, Blood Bros, Killen’s, Corkscrew, or Bexar, so many options. I’d love for them to try out some crawfish – Maybe at Saigon House, Capt. Brad’s Coastal Kitchen BB’s Tex Orleans. I’d have to take them to Mel’s, Goodson’s or Hickory Hollow and try a Texas size Chicken Fried Steak. There’s also several food truck parks (Deacon Baldy’s) and Craft Breweries (Fire Ant, Fortress, Thistle Draftshop, B52) to try. I’m sure we’d also hit up I Don’t Know Yet Lounge in Spring to meet some friends and listen to some live music. On a Friday night, they’d have to come join me at one of the Tomball Christian Warriors football games. Saturday at the end of the month we could head over to Bexar and put on our cowboy boots for Dancehall Days. Oohh one of the new and fun events would have to be the Asian Night Market at Railway Heights. All of these vendors with their food booths and street eats, entertainment and something for the whole family.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been several people that have helped get me to where I am today. My instructor Sr Master Henderson, has always pushed me to be a better version of myself physically as a martial artist and as an instructor. Those same lessons he has taught me have helped me become a better man for my family. I’d also have to include my mentor, Professor Brannon Beliso. He has helped me break down my purpose or my why and truly define my version of success for my family and my business. Together we focused on ways to build and grow our business through serving our families. We stepped away from how the industry always did things to find a better and more sustainable way to do business. Our group likes to call it being a “Disruptor.” We’ve built a team that understands what we’re trying to do and the way they can change lives. And of course, we have to give a shout out to my family. My wife Hazel and our four boys keep me balanced and teach me all the time how to keep doing things the right way. Their sacrifices and their support makes everything happen. I wouldn’t be able to run our small business or lead an organization without all these people.
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