Grand Island Mixed Martial Arts school gets creative

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb (KSNB) - For nine years, Sheila and Odguar (Eddie) Quintana have owned FFC School of Mixed Martial Arts in Grand Island. In that time, they have not once closed their doors, except for the occasional vacation. That all changed last Wednesday, Mar. 18, when the first coronavirus case was reported in the Tri-Cities.

"It was kind of weird because we never really closed and it was really, really difficult," Eddie said.

Eddie and Sheila both work for Grand Island Public Schools. Since both are using E-Learning, Sheila came up with an idea.

"I have been doing live classes with my students and I thought why can't we do that for here?" Sheila said. "I discussed it with my husband, and he was like, 'That's an awesome idea. I've missed them, let's do it. Let's try it."

Since this Tuesday, Mar. 24, they have been doing live lessons at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. with help from assistant and daughter, Sarah. For Eddie, who has spent a life teaching, it meant everything to get to continue to do so.

"There's a bond in a relationship with student and teacher that you can't fake. You can't put money on it, it's a love," Eddie said.

The old cliche, "Love what you do," comes to mind when thinking about Eddie and there can be no doubt that he loves teaching kids.

"For me, to show them that we overcome, we work hard and we have obstacles that we do overcome, and I think that's the biggest lesson for myself and my students," Eddie said.

The FFC School offers lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, No-GI Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and MMA.

Sheila and Eddie will continue to teach classes online until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.