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Third Eye Martial Arts Studio

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Empowerment Through Self-Defence

It was “a lightning bolt moment” the first time Mehdi Saadati saw his uncle Master Ebrahim Saadati compete in Taekwondo. Mehdi was seven years old at the time and was instantly hooked; he knew he wanted to get involved in martial arts.

Third Eye Martial Arts Dunbar Master Erahim SaadatiMaster Saadati also began Taekwondo when he was seven. He earned his black belt when he was 12 years old. In 1989, he became a member of the Iranian National A Team and won first place at the International Fajr tournament. He continued to compete at national and international championships and in 1992 won a gold medal at the World Military Championships. In 1994 he won a silver medal at the Asian Games. In 1998 he became the Canadian champion in the welterweight division in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Taekwondo is the second most popular sport in the world (soccer is number one). Taekwondo is well loved because it teaches discipline while building self-confidence and both physical and mental strength. Mehdi points out how empowered students feel when they learn self-defence skills.

Mehdi moved with his family from Tehran to Vancouver in 1993. Master Saadati immigrated two years later. He started teaching Taekwondo at Kerrisdale and Sunset Community Centres in 2000 after he retired from competing. In 2011 the pair joined forces to work together at Third Eye Martial Arts Studio.

Master Saadati is the owner and head master and Mehdi is the general manager and head instructor. He describes Dunbar as “the jewel of the city.” What stands out for him is the strong sense of community; he really enjoys running into students and their families on the street. Although he doesn’t live in Dunbar currently, he has his eye on a condominium that would lighten his commute to a matter of minutes.

The first Third Eye Martial Arts Studio opened at West 8th Avenue (near Hemlock Street) and the large 5,000 square foot space serves as company headquarters. The Dunbar studio opened in 2013.

IMG_6393The smaller Dunbar space is busy seven days a week with over 300 students registered. Youth classes can accommodate 20 students and are taught by three instructors. Adult classes take place weekday evenings and weekends. All classes are co-ed although the demographic is slanted slightly higher towards female students for both kids and adult classes.

“Taekwondo is beneficial for everybody. It is not age dependent. It is something everyone can try.” Mehdi Saadati

Students from ages 3 to 72 attend classes at the Dunbar location as they work their way up from white belt through the rainbow of colours (yellow, green, blue, red) to reach black belt status.

Third Eye Martial Arts Dunbar Mehdi SaadatiMehdi says it’s never too late to begin this sport. He shares the story of a 70-year-old student who earned her black belt; she began at age 66. With admiration in his voice and a big smile he says, “She is the most tenacious woman I have ever met.”

As general manager, Mehdi manages the studios and ensures classes run smoothly. He specializes in teaching kids with special needs and autism; private classes are offered for low functioning students.

“The magic that happens when you make a connection is the most gratifying thing in the world.” Mehdi Saadati

If your child is looking for a kicking good birthday party consider Third Eye’s West 8th location. This is a great chance to introduce a group of kids to martial arts and you don’t have to be a member. Mehdi says many Dunbar families take advantage of these fun parties.

Another popular service is Third Eye’s after school program (also held at the West 8th studio). Instead of leaving your child with a babysitter or staying home alone, he or she will be picked up from school in one of Third Eye’s van and transported to the studio for Taekwondo training, homework and snack time. Parents pick their kids up before dinner.

Bullying is a subject close to Mehdi’s heart. He experienced being bullied as a child and says it can happen to anyone. Master Saadati, Mehdi and the other instructors are committed to children’s safety and security. Third Eye hosts a bully prevention program twice annually for all ages.

When a child is bullied Mehdi says, “It can feel like a dead end road.”

Third Eye’s workshop can also help parents identify the signs that aren’t always apparent. There is a physical aspect to the program run by three to four instructors and Master Saadati. Follow Third Eye Martial Arts Studio on social media (Facebook and Instagram) or refer to their website for further details.

Third Eye Martial Arts 4256 Dunbar StIf Taekwondo sounds like the sport for you or your child, consider Third Eye Martial Arts Studio’s special winter offer. From now until mid-March receive a one-month trial class and a free uniform for $49.95. You never know, your child may become hooked just like Master Saadati and Mehdi!

Third Eye Martial Arts Studio
4256 Dunbar Street
Vancouver BC V6S 2E9
Telephone 604-428-4256

Pacific Eye Doctors

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Stephanie Brooks - Pacific Eye Doctors - Dunbar Life

Dr. Stephanie Brooks and I met recently to discuss Pacific Eye Doctors. We sat outside on a sunny winter day while we had coffee and chatted. The ability to enjoy the great outdoors year round was a large part of the reason Dr. Brooks was attracted to the West Coast and moved here from Toronto in 1993.

In 1986 Pacific Eye Doctors opened its first location in Richmond. The eye clinic was formed through the amalgamation of two established optometric clinics in the area. Founding partner optometrists, Dr. Mockler, Dr. McNab and Dr. Vetsch, determined that a second location would benefit the Dunbar area, which is where they also happen to reside, and opened the second clinic in 2004. They sought a partner and brought Dr. Brooks on board to assist with offering excellence in eye care to the community.

In addition to Dr. Brooks, Dr. Tod McNab also owns Dunbar’s Pacific Eye Doctors. While they remain owners, Dr. Vetsch has retired and Dr. Mockler has taken a leave from general practice to establish the Performance Vision Clinic at the Fortius Institute for Sport & Health in Burnaby. Rounding out the Dunbar team of optometrists is Dr. Laura Langford, and Dr. Goleta Amirli.

Pacific Eye Doctors make their patients’ health a top priority by committing to continuing education. They strive to create an environment where all people are treated with fairness, honesty and respect.Stephanie Brooks - Pacific Eye Doctors - Dunbar Life3

The clinic invests in state of the art technology to provide the highest standards of care. Comprehensive eye examinations include measurement of vision, prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses, assessment of binocular vision, and full ocular health check with pupil dilation.

Since 2009 optometrists can diagnose and treat many common eye diseases with certain prescription only drugs including eye infections, allergies, inflammation, abrasions and dry eye.

Did you know that optometrists are able to detect many systemic health diseases by looking at your eye, for example hypertension, diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, and arthritis?

Stephanie Brooks - Pacific Eye Doctors - Dunbar Life2Who should see an optometrist? Even if you don’t think you need eyeglasses it is a wise idea to have an ocular health check. Not all eye diseases or contact lens complications cause symptoms in the early stages. With prompt diagnosis and management, future problems with vision may be avoided.

Eye appointments are recommended every 1 to 2 years for children and adults. Patients are often surprised to discover that eye exams and glasses are not as expensive as they may expect. Children and seniors receive partial coverage through the Medical Services Plan of B.C. Besides vision exams Pacific Eye Doctors also offers laser eye correction co-management, customized contact lens diagnosis and a dispensary of frames, lenses and coatings.

In addition to Dunbar’s team of optometrists there are three licensed opticians to help fit glasses and contact lenses, two optometric assistants and a receptionist to ensure you receive professional and friendly service.

Since Dr. Brooks joined Pacific Eye Doctors 10 years ago there has been steady growth in the number of clients, many new patients come through referrals. From Vancouver, to Delta, Surrey and even Bowen Island, they see a good cross section of patients ranging from children through to seniors.

What makes this business special? Dr. Brooks gives full kudos to the staff. She reports that a couple of them have been with the business since it opened. Pacific Eye Doctors is a warm and welcome environment where they care about their patients. Dr. Brooks says she finds it highly satisfying that her patients have become like friends. She sees some patients more than once a year if they have special eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma.

Stephanie Brooks - Pacific Eye Doctors - Dunbar Life4The clinic is an active supporter of many local organizations and events. They sponsor Dunbar Little League and lend their support to Tom Thumb Preschool, Lord Kitchener Elementary, Arbutus Shaughnessy Kerrisdale Friendship Society, Comic Vision and Optometry Giving Sight. If you are finished with an old pair of glasses Pacific Eye Doctors will gladly donate them to Third World Eyecare Society.

Dr. Brooks has recently assumed the role of President of the Dunbar Village Business Association. She appears humbled by her new role and acknowledges the great work of past president Beth McKercher, owner of Splash Toy Shop, and DVBA’s executive director Janet Morris-Reade. As head of the board Dr. Brooks is committed to building on the work that DVBA has accomplished over the past five years including street beautification and events such as the Harvest Festival and Dunbar Village for the Holidays.

Dr. Brooks also acknowledges the active Dunbar Residents’ Association and their dedicated work to making Dunbar a better place in which to live.

While we are currently in the middle of winter it won’t be long before spring is here. In March Pacific Eye Doctors is holding a sunglass sale. This is well worth investigating in preparation for the bright sun-filled days ahead. And make a note to book an eye exam for 2014 if you have not done so already, to protect one of your most precious senses.

Stephanie Brooks - Pacific Eye Doctors - Dunbar Life5Pacific Eye Doctors
4292 Dunbar Street
Vancouver BC V6S 2E9
Telephone 604-739-2022