Testimonial - Kathleen Downey

I am honored to write a note about the amazing Sensei Majid. He is a light in my life. He brings joy and happiness with every interaction. He brings a warmth and a love/compassion that is unparalleled to any "trainer" (better word - teacher) that I have ever met. He cares. He truly cares. He wants the best for the people he allows in his life and will go to the end of the world for those people. Sometimes he gives too much - but that is who he is - he is a giver / a healer / a believer / a man of integrity. However, do not be fooled. He may be the nicest most loving person you've ever met, but within him lies a warrior. A gladiator until the end - he fights with his heart and his soul - he fights to win. (So much so I can't watch - because to me he is my, Sensei Majid - not a gnarly kick-butt lethal weapon!!) He was put on this Earth to let his strength, determination, dedication, and spirit empower others...and that is what he has done for me.  
Majid had me figured out within 20 minutes of speaking. We sat on a bench at a beautiful park. It was Father's Day (a very hard day for me since my Dad's passing 2005). I didn't want to leave my house, but he insisted I meet him right away. So, begrudgingly I pulled myself off the couch and went to our first meeting. He saw in me what I could not. He also saw a very heartbroken person with an abundance of light and love desperate for an awakening. I am not sure where I would be today without the guidance and support of Sensei Majid. He brought me back. He helped me find my smile again. I had missed that real smile for so long. 
So...I almost passed out our first session. He pushed me (safely) to do more, to be more. He set the bar high - he KNEW I would rise to the occasion. He saw a fierce competitor - which I know lies within me, but after years of being deflated and defeated one forgets this. He reminded me. He empowered me to own my beauty and strength. He helped me make life changes that left me happier and healthier.
We are four months into our training (as of Oct. 4th 2015) and I cannot imagine a life without Sensei Majid. He took me to the market, picking out foods and explaining their benefits - he cared enough to make sure I was also nourishing  my body from the inside not just ascetically. Has your trainer/teacher taken you to Whole Foods?! Probably not. Does your trainer/teacher make sure you're eating enough? Probably not. 
In closing, Sensei Majid has hands down enhanced my life in a short time. Yes, sometimes he is super intense and I just have to roll with it (because after all he is the Sensei). At his core he is good and true. At his core is a person who wants make this world a better place - and he is making strides to do that each and every day (whether training, teaching, lecturing or creating his legend bar).
Thank you, my friend, my teacher, my sensei Majid for enhancing my life and helping me find my real smile again. I owe you one :) 
I highly recommend Sensei Majid to anyone who is looking to make a life change; to anyone who is willing to put in the work to better themselves. He'll get you on the right path.
Kathleen Downey - Director of West Coast Sales, 33Across