Lance Flight joined National Karate at the age of 12. After only a few lessons, on the way home from class one day, he made a declaration to his mother, saying, “When I grow up I am going to be a Karate Instructor!” And he has since worked hard to make that dream a reality.
He earned his first degree black belt in 2003 and was so passionate about his training that he spent 5 days a week at the school. He loved Karate so much that he enrolled in the National Karate Leadership program and volunteered his time to help the under belt students achieve their goals. His enthusiasm for the martial arts was also passed on to his five younger brothers and cousin – all of whom have also joined National Karate. As Mr. Flight got older he entered the Assistant Instructor program and graduated with full Instructor certification and therefore fulfilling his dream of becoming a Karate Instructor.
One of his first jobs was to teach and run several National Karate satellite locations at the Children’s World and Kinder Care daycare centers. He continued to work his way up to becoming an Instructor at the Bartlett location and then the Assistant Director. Then he held that position at the South Elgin NK location. He has earned many “Outstanding Instructor” awards and has been recognized for excellence in his Assistant Director position. For that reason, among many more he has been promoted to Co- Director of our South Elgin NK location.
Mr. Flight has always been a strong sport karate competitor and his favorite tournament is the biggest in the nation, the Diamond Nationals, where he has placed or won his division nearly every year he attended. In college he studied and trained in different forms of martial arts such as Jeet Kune Do, Jujutsu, Tai Chi and Judo to be more knowledgeable of the martial arts and pass on to his students. Mr. Flight continues to train in National Karate and is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt and is a Krav Maga Certified Instructor.
Mr. Flight also has a passion for sharing the benefits of the martial arts as a community service to elementary schools, boy scouts, girl scouts, health fairs and businesses. You should ask him to conduct a class at your organization.
In his spare time, Mr. Flight likes to pursue his “other” passion for hockey. After joining Karate he noticed that his confidence skyrocketed and he became a much better hockey player thanks to what National Karate has taught him.