Come to see us to sign up for classes for children from age 3 to adults of any age!
The Veronica Harris Show: Dr. Thomas and four of his youth students were showcased on DCTV's "The Veronica Harris Show" aired during the month of March 2018. Go to this YouTube link and see them in this interview/action program about self-defense for all ages.
WJLA (ABC) News Stories: (1) The August 22, 2012, Harris' Heroes segment about Dr. Clifford Thomas' bullying prevention and self-defense summer camp is at this link. (2) The July 20, 2016, Coach of the Week segment about Grandmaster Dr. Clifford Thomas' longstanding martial arts program is at this link.
Radio Interview: Listen to Dr. Thomas' interview on Lette's Chat on Blog Talk Radio about his work with children, youth, adults, and seniors, and in the community here. Dr. Thomas was selected in 2013 as one of the top 125 Prince George's County community leaders.
To develop confident, successful leaders by promoting personal safety and security, as well as to build high moral standards that reflect acceptance and respect for all cultures.
- Our organization promotes successful and meaningful futures for children, youth, and adults through the teaching of both the physical and spiritual aspects of martial arts and practical methods of self-defense.
- We strive to inculcate moral strength and integrity through the cultivation of leadership skills, including the development of a positive sense of self-worth and confidence to face life’s challenges.
- We promote a strong academic foundation and work ethic, which assist with the development of career goals.
- We advocate a sense of personal, family, and social responsibility with a respect for all cultures.
Board of Directors
Adrian H. Seemangal, President and CEO, telephone: 240-701-3570, e-mail: email@example.com
Harry A. Jenifer, Vice President, telephone: 301-851-1870; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan R. McCutchen, Secretary/Treasurer, telephone: 301-699-9035, e-mail: email@example.com
Adrian H. Seemangal is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Geospatial Information Sciences with a minor in Russian Studies. During his Fall and Spring semesters, he is an undergraduate research assistant in the Bill Fagan Lab. During the summer, he interns at/with/in the Department of Defense. He hopes to make strides in the intelligence field. He has a passion for empowering people of all ages through martial arts. He has interests in tae kwon do, muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate, and boxing. His primary martial arts research areas include cross-style competencies and discovering unifying mechanical/tactical principles across all martial arts disciplines.
Harry A. Jenifer has worked at Doctors Community Hospital, a nonprofit community-based hospital located in the heart of Prince George’s County, Maryland, for 32 years. He is a buyer, purchasing everything from office supplies to surgical equipment. Mr. Jenifer’s work also involves fundraising for activities focused on the construction of new buildings and the procurement of equipment with up-to-date technology. One of his interests is in personal safety through the study of martial arts.
Susan R. McCutchen retired as a senior research associate from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She assisted in the production of more than 50 publications on policy issues, including science and technology for international development, technology transfer, aeronautics and the U.S. space program, natural disaster mitigation, U.S. education policy and science curricula, needle exchange, the scientific merit of the polygraph, human factors/engineering, research ethics, disability compensation programs, health hazard evaluation, and medical and public health preparedness for catastrophic events, including nuclear detonations. Ms. McCutchen is a community activist in many local, state, and national issues. She worked closely with the late (June 2021) Dr. Clifford L. Thomas, Founder, President, and CEO, of We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems for over 20 years in the development and expansion of the activities of the organization.
The role of the We Lead By Example, Inc., Advisory Board is to provide oversight of and advice to the nonprofit's Board of Directors regarding its community outreach programs and associated activities for children and adults. These include providing personal safety and security training through the physical, mental, and spiritual teachings of the martial arts, as well as programs that will contribute to developing confidence, leadership skills, work ethics, and a strong academic foundation.
Craig A. Buckson is a regional sales manager and a sales and business development executive of Strategy-Business Capture-Major Accounts at Tufin Technologies. He has more than 25 years of experience in sales, sales management, and business development, specializing in the selling of information technology, information security, and financial advisory services for major corporations and consulting firms. Mr. Buckson’s work is focused on helping major corporations and federal agencies mitigate risk and protect intellectual property by preempting advanced cyberattacks and security breaches. He is also a U.S. patent holder and is a managing member of Park Innovations, LLC, a Maryland-based based baby product development company. Mr. Buckson has a B.S. in business administration from the University of Maryland, University College, as well as an M.B.A. in business management from the West Texas A&M University College of Business. He strongly values self-development as well as helping to develop others. Above all, he values a strong commitment to faith and family. He and his wife, Kristin, have two children who are students of tae kwon do.
Colin A. Jackson is a telecommunications specialist for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He has over 20 years' experience in the telecommunications field. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. A father of two, Mr. Jackson believes children should be afforded the opportunity for future development, happiness, and prosperity.
Eloisa Martinez is a food service assistant at Bladensburg Elementary School in the Prince George’s County Public Schools System. A mother of three, Mrs. Martinez has a keen interest in education and furthering organizations that have positive community programs (e.g., safety and bullying prevention) that give children self-confidence and encourage them to have goals and to be willing to work hard to achieve them. Mrs. Martinez and her two older children are longtime students of tae kwon do.
Kia Nelson-Hanson is a behavior support specialist for Associated Community Services, Inc., which is a nonprofit agency that offers residential support to persons with intellectual disabilities. She has over 15 years of experience in working with persons with intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence victims and persons with severe and persistent mental illness. She has experience with working in the capacity of supervisor, advocate, therapist, and trainer of outpatient and community-based settings. Ms. Nelson-Hanson also teaches crisis intervention non-violent self-defense classes to direct care staff with Associated Community Services. She has a B.S. in psychology from Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a M.A. in community counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Nelson-Harris values the improvement of quality of life for others with disabilities and mental illness through community integration. She and her husband Michael have three children. One participates in tae kwon do.
Yulanda D. Swindell, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician with Riverdale Park Pediatrics in Riverdale, Maryland. She has expertise in child and adolescent medicine, and has spent many years providing care to children with cognitive, emotional, psychiatric, and developmental challenges. As a single parent of two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, Dr. Swindell enjoys speaking publicly to educate and motivate individuals and families. She is passionate about curbing bullying and domestic violence, which sparked her interest in martial arts.