With a population of just 5000, Holdenville, OK may be small to some, but Brownie Harjo makes it seem larger than life. Today, he teaches martial arts at a small studio in one of the oldest buildings in town. Like many people living in small towns across America, the day-to-day can be a balancing act of difficult economic realities. To Brownie, it will always be home.
Lead producer Allison Herrera with Brownie Harjo.
One of Brownie's martial arts classes.
The welcome to Holdenville sign off of Oklahoma State Highway 48.
Main Street in downtown Holdenville. Brownie remembered how he and his friends used to "drag main every Saturday night" They'd go up and down the block in their muscle cars.
Another old building in town. Brownie said it used to be a bank.
A plaque on Brownie's building declaring it the oldest building in town.
A sign for Harjo's Martial Arts on Broadway in downtown Holdenville.
Brownie and his son Tre practice while during an non-busy time in the studio. Tre commutes from Tulsa, about an hour and 1/2 drive, take classes with his dad.
Tre says he would like to help run the place with his dad one day.
One of Brownie's students throws a back kick during his youth class.
A young student at Harjo Martial Arts in Holdenville throws a kick during practice.
Brownie says that he trains kids to have, "strong minds and strong bodies." This young student takes it seriously by sporting a Superman suit to class.