The founder, Kirk Farber, began this path while he was working with incarcerated 14-17 year olds with an intervention program for juveniles in the Duval County jail, and saw how they had to accept the consequences of their actions. He wanted to make a difference – yet catch them earlier rather than later. To share character values with a focus on respect & leadership while teaching cool techniques and movements to our ‘next generation’ – The seed was planted!
He saw a common pattern with the kids and realized that most of the kids lacked a father figure or mentor. Seeing how this need was also growing with children not incarcerated, Kirk developed a program for elementary children and older to focus on positively influencing them on a larger scale.
In 2003 Kirk developed FACE [Fitness And Character Education] for elementary children. He took the best of his martial arts, jumping rope and juggling training and added the public speaking and character education portion as the cornerstones of the program while focusing on a “preventive maintenance” philosophy – earlier than later! Kirk’s 40+ years in motivational speaking and martial arts made him the ideal person to create this cutting edge youth-leadership program.