December 2nd, 2015

Never Give Up!

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Kids With Cancer Learn Martial Arts As A Way To Manage Stress, Pain, Anxiety

November 27th, 2015

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The young people who learn martial arts at a studio north of Detroit are not considered students.

Their instructors use a different word.


That's because the techniques these children learn will be used not to take on an opponent from a rival studio but against the deadly diseases that ravage their young bodies and threaten their lives.

Called Kids Kicking Cancer, the Southfield, Michigan-based program helps sick kids learn to use martial arts-style breathing and relaxation techniques to manage stress, anxiety and pain stemming from their illnesses and medical treatments.

It was founded by Elimelech Goldberg, a rabbi and first-degree black belt in the art of Choi Kwang Do. Known to the children as "Rabbi G," Goldberg said he was motivated to start Kids Kicking Cancer by the memory of his daughter Sara, who was diagnosed with leukemia just before her 1st birthday and succumbed to the disease a little more than a year later.

"My daughter, at 2 years old, contributed so much to this planet, because she brought in this light. And now that's the light that I'm privileged to help spread to the rest of the world," Goldberg said before leading a class of 16 preteens and teenagers suffering from cancer, sickle cell anemia and other ailments.

One child in the class of "little heroes," as Goldberg calls them, is Jayson Harris, a 9-year-old from Detroit whose cancer is in remission.

"Being in class is like a second family to me," Jayson said shortly before taking his spot on the mat and driving his fist into a striking pad held by instructor Michael Hunt.

The training also is designed to teach the kids to take control of their situations. Or as Goldberg says, to teach them to be victors instead of victims.

Hunt, 27, was the latter when he joined Goldberg's first class in 1999. He had already undergone a year of chemotherapy to treat a cancer of the muscles known as rhabdomyosarcoma, as well as having four ribs and a tumor removed from his side. Hunt later had two steel rods surgically implanted on either side of his spine.

Now, he certainly is the former.

Being a part of Kids Kicking Cancer allowed him to cut down on the medications he had been taking to manage the pain, and as a trainer he is an ever-present reminder to enrollees that the program can help.

"I'll tell them my story, and they're like, 'Oh, OK. Now, I know I can do it,'" Hunt said.

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November 27th, 2015

Believe in yourself

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Tying Your Own Belt in Pictures

October 14th, 2015


Ninja Nation – Bullies Come in All Sizes!

September 11th, 2015


At the beginning of a school year we must prepare physically by shopping for for new school supplies and getting up-to-date on our healthcare needs. But, we can also prepare mentally. Now is a perfect time to talk to your kids again about bullying. School can be hard physically, but it can also be mentally taxing for children in preschool all the way to college.

Typically defined as repeated, unwanted and aggressive behavior, bullying encompasses making threats, spreading rumors, physical/verbal abuse and exclusion.

We tend to have the stereotypical imagine in our minds of the classic bully: Big burly kids with large fists and a loud laugh. However, bullies can come in all shapes and sizes - September 11, 2001 proved that to so many unsuspecting hard-working American families.

As we prepare remember our fallen heroes who gave their all to help those caught in this awful tragedy, let us teach our children Respect for all people, Self-Control to respond to negative situations in a positive manner, Confidence to do the right thing, and Leadership to show others the right path!  One day our children will be in a position to choose to make a difference - it is our job to prepare them today for what tomorrow brings.

Kihap: The Energy Yell

September 10th, 2015

The kihap (pronounced “key hap”) is a very important part of Tae Kwon Do training.  When properly practiced, this special kind of yell combines sound with breathing in one explosive burst.  The kihap should not come from the throat, but from deep down in the stomach, using the diaphragm to forcefully push air up and out through the mouth.  The kihap is one of the most distinctive elements of Tae Kwon Do practice; no two students’ kihaps are identical.  You will find that as your Tae Kwon Do skills change and grow, so will your kihap.

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Bowing and Its Purpose

August 30th, 2015

Bowing is a form of body language in Asian countries.  A bow can be used to say “hello”, “good‑bye”, “thank you”, and “you’re welcome”.  Bowing is also a way of showing  courtesy and acceptance.  When two people bow to each other they are showing mutual respect.

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The Meaning Behind the Color of Each Belt Rank in Tae Kwon Do

August 15th, 2015

The belt that a Tae Kwon Do student wears carries a lot of meaning. It indicates their length of training and level of knowledge. Each color is also symbolic of a stage of growth and development as a martial artist. The meaning of each belt color is:

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