Sean Ramey was one of the men looking for love on "The Bachelorette" Season 4, and he recently shared details about his life after the show. The martial arts master is preparing for his new book to launch in December 2012 and continues to run the Kentucky Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Academy. Although participating in reality TV can sometimes have a negative impact on other careers, Sean Ramey's experience has been the opposite.
How has appearing on the "The Bachelorette" affected your life and your business?Being on "The Bachelorette" has brought great publicity to the Kentucky Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Academy. A week doesn't go by without someone asking, "Hey, weren't you on that show?" This is even after four years. It amazes me how many people still remember. My life has been a whirlwind. I have been inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, gotten married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and we have a beautiful daughter named Kinsley.
Would you be interested in participating in another reality TV show?
I would consider appearing in another reality show as long as it's for a great cause, something that would be perceived as positive, and something that doesn't involve falling in love with a woman.
Although the economy has affected other businesses, Sean Ramey believes it has not had an impact on the Kentucky Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Academy, and he has developed a new program titled D.E.F.E.N.D.
Can you describe your program D.E.F.E.N.D.?
D.E.F.E.N.D. is a program I developed to help those -- regardless of age, gender, size, or athletic ability -- learn how to defend themselves in threatening situations. Many self-defense systems are too complicated and too systemized for the average person who lacks the time or desire to practice several times per week. At Kentucky Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Academy, we offer martial arts classes for all ages. We have students from age 4 to 70. We specialize in martial arts for families and fitness kickboxing aerobics. Our elite Olympic training program for those interested in competing is also very popular.
Has the economy had an impact on your business?
At the height of the recession, 2008 and 2009, we had two of our best years in 14 years of business. This is due in part because people want to feel more secure in protecting what is most important to them: their family. Also, people see the benefits and life skills gained from our classes and will continue to be a part of the academy even in tough times.
Sean Ramey plans to release his book "D.E.F.E.N.D. A Basic Guide on Self Defense" in December 2012. He hopes it will be available in stores and in e-book format before Christmas. Ramey will donate 20 percent of the sales to the "Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund."
What prompted you to write a book?
By running a successful martial arts school, I'm able to reach hundreds of people throughout the community. By writing a book, I'm able to reach hundreds of thousands of people, and hopefully millions of people in due time. Why do we teach our children the importance of eating, walking, and reading, but we forget to teach them the importance of life saving skills and self-defense? The biggest obstacle martial arts schools face is the lack of time people have to commit. This is one of the reasons I decided to write the book. "D.E.F.E.N.D. A Basic Guide on Self-Defense" gives people quick tips on what to do if faced with a threatening situation. People should be equipped with basic skills without having to participate in a class two to three times per week.
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