January 11, 2020 (NYC)-Master Super Stretch, Dennis Torres, one of the earliest members of the famed Guardian Angels, joins Taekwondo Life Magazine for a discussion of the founding of the organization in 1979, the mission of the Guardian Angels, and its current status.
Master Stretch discusses martial arts training in the organization and the community martial arts program run by Angels. This training, including Taejukwon*, helps children develop good character, leadership skills, and helps keep them physically fit and safe in a difficult time. This is a rare, must hear interview with a man who has been at the forefront of this volunteer organization for over 40 years.
The Guardian Angels have become integrated into the fabric of the community. Since 1979, the non-profit, New York City based group, has been responsible for creating hundreds of safety patrols chapters throughout the United States and worldwide. Formed by Curtis Sliwa and 12 dedicated volunteers in New York City, the “Magnificent 13” rode the subways to conduct safety patrol. For 37 years, thousands of people have joined the Guardian Angels and created chapters in over 130 cities in 13 countries to protect their communities and improve substantially the quality of life.Guardian Angels are role models in the community and lead by example. They understand that problems of any community cannot be solved single-handedly and requires the cooperation of all its members. They recognize the need to foster community pride and civic mindedness to help remove many of the societal ills making safety patrol necessary. This attitude runs throughout the multitude of community programs and services volunteers administer. The Guardian Angels recognize that by thinking solely in terms of protection instead of prevention we are throwing up the white flag and surrendering to the inevitability of crime.
It is being taught in upper Manhattan, by Kyoshi Dennis “Super Stretch” Torres, at the Super Stretch School of Self-Defense
To hear Talking With Master Dennis “Super-Stretch” of the Guardian Angels: