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THE LIONMAN FOUNDATION INC. 7400 New Castle Street New Orleans, La 70126 Phone: 504.244.8395

____________________________________________________________________________________________ _ Grand Master Eric “LIONMAN” O’Neal Sr., President

August 5, 2009

Dear BLUE LION KARATE ACADEMY Parents, Family, and Friends: I would like to sadly inform everyone that I have decided to officially close the Karate school. Since the recent news that I received about the management of my Karate school, I have been going back and forth with this idea and through prayer, serious contemplation and many discussions with my family, I believe closing the school at this time would be in the best interest of all Blue Lion Karate students and parents. In light of the actions of my former Director and assistant teacher I do not have any one that I can trust to handle the business while I am away from classes. I totally apologize for the actions, of the Leaders of my Karate school that have misled and deceived all of you supportive students and parents. Your loyalty and understanding is greatly appreciated and shall never be forgotten. The various projects I am working on and the launching of my graphic novel, “The Legend of LIONMAN and the Seven KURODOS” has been taking up the majority of my time this year and I am in the process of finalizing the itinerary for my 20 city book tour, “Knowledge is Power”. The Legendary Grand Master Jim Kelly will be hosting the tour with me and I am truly honored. The tour is set to begin some time in MidSeptember and I will keep everyone informed. The decision to close BLUE LION KARATE ACADEMY was very difficult for me and I will miss each and every one of my students and parents. Your active involvement gave genuine life to the school and was the key to its vitality and strength. Every academy has its own personality and at Blue Lion the atmosphere was of true friendship, acceptance, and love for every individual. It is this connection that I value and will carry with me until I open BLUE LION KARATE ACADEMY again in the near future. Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a Fantastic school year.

Closing Letter, Aug. 2009