The Punching Pastor:
Fighting for a cause
This Punching Pastor has been training in martial arts for 28 years. He is a former heavyweight, mixed martial arts champion (1995) and a certified coach and judge with the United States National Karate Federation.
The last tournament Reverend Moore fought in raised over $15,000 for a child with leukemia.
This time, he will be competing in the Master’s Division for ages 36 to 45.
This international event serves as the qualifier for an even bigger event: The World Martial Arts Expo held on Oct. 28 at DisneyWorld in Orlando.
This will be a competition of the world’s greatest martial artists from all countries and all martial arts disciplines.
Sensei Moore has already received an official invitation to compete as a Master Martial Artist and then judge other events not related to his own.
Moore hopes to win the West Coast Championship and secure sponsorships.
Some sponsorship money would be used to take his family with him to DisneyWorld, and the rest donated to a worthy community charity.
His son Jake, a wrestler at Lake Stevens High School, and up and coming martial arts champion in his own right, plans to fight and compete alongside his father in the teen division in both events. Jacob Moore is a former silver medalist, Junior Olympic karate fighter.
Moore has been approached by many, including a representative of popular martial artist and movie star, Chuck Norris, to use his talents in karate for greater causes. In the case of Norris, it was for his ‘Kick Drugs out of School’ program.
Martial Artist, Christian Pastor, husband and father, Timothy Moore describes himself as a blessed man who tries to pass it on to others.
Martial Arts are like strong medications, in the hands of a skilled professional (good medical doctor) they can protect, save, and improve life in this world, in the wrong hands, they
can be destructive (like the same strong medications in the hands of drug dealers on the street),” he said.
Moore and his family are currently sponsored solely by Snohomish Fitness Center.
“Tim’s great. He is fun, motivating and he does know his stuff! It was a win-win the day he walked in here,” Deni Moroni, owner of Snohomish Fitness Center said. “He is a great mentor for kids and has that gift to teach adults too! He is a big plus to Snohomish Fitness Center.”