"Don't take this the wrong way, but do I know you from somewhere?"
He laughed and said,
"That happens to me all of the time. You probably knew my father, Mario Rubio. My name is Greg Rubio."
Well, of course I knew Mario (didn't everyone?) He was that awesomely strong judo player in the lightweight division who was about four foot three (okay maybe a little taller, but not much).
Not only did his son grow up to be a good judo coach, but he is an incredibly nice guy, as you might guess from the story above. That's why I was twice as pissed off when I read the email below:
On April 26, 2011 Five Cities Judo Dojo/Boy Scout Troop 413 Hall was broken into. The vandals attempted to set fires on the floor, caused a huge mess and wrote profanity on our blackboard. They also caused minor fire damage to one of our mats. Both the Judo club and Boy Scouts thought this was a onetime occurrence. On Sunday May 1, 2011 at around 4:30 am, a fire destroyed the Five Cities Judo dojo along with the all the materials that belonged to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 413. It has been a devastating loss to us and we do not understand why someone or some individuals would perpetrate this act of hate and violence. We hope that the individuals are caught and justice is swift as the flames of beloved dojo. Today We/I reach out to our Judo family to ask if anyone would consider us to either borrow, possibly purchase some used mats or if we can get information on resources to obtain mats any help would be appreciated. We are a small humble dojo with big hearts and great students and through this we will return with pride and dignity to the up coming May 15th tournament. Thank you for you time.
If you can help out by donating / lending mats or money, you can send them to: