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8 Wednesday, Aug. 21,2013 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com Leonard Banks Martial arts has become a healthy and fun lifestyle for many Muhammad Boxing and Martial Arts students. 7 LEONARD BANKS I was in the second grade, after my with a letter called intent to promote. mum signed me up," Brown said, "At ~he letter,has to be signed by the Sports editor first I was nervous, but now I am do- parents, and their school, indicat~ After four years, Muhammad's ing well. I enjoy coming here to see ing that they are doing what they aye Boxing and Martial Arts has devel- my friends, but most of all doing suppose to do in school, and givin~ oped into a family outlet for build- what right." their best." ~ ing confidence and self esteem in the Not long ago, Muhammad had a Over 80% of the school's p+~- King George community. While the student who made a drastic change ticipants are on the honor role, and boxing program has transitioned into from extremely shy to a class leader, based on their efforts to earn go0~!~ a part of the martial arts, and Brazil- simply by the practice of martial arts. grades they receive a different col- ian Jiujitsu curriculum, the school's "I had a student from the Little Ninjas ored star on their uniform" Muham- Little Ninja program has grown into program, who came in the door, and mad said. over 120 students. The program is refused to participate in the class" 3he school also receives a tremem made up of 4-6 year olds who aspire Muhammad said. "She would sit away dous amount of support for parents. to a strong life structure by learning from the class in the corner, fold her "One of the things we tell parents martial arts. By instilling a strong arms, and cry the whole time she was about the program before they actu- foundation, the program motivates here. Soon, she slowly began building ally enroll their kids is that if they are kids to become positive role models confidence that was within her, and not going to be active in their martial among their peers and family, became an extremely confidentarts training here, we're not going to "It's really important to not only student--and one of the top leaders be successful as a team" Muhammad get your child into a martial arts in our LittleNinjasprogram.,'said. program, but to remember that not The school also focuses on A lifelong martial arts and fitness all schools are made equal" Muham- conflict resolution skills. "We teach student, Muhammad has focused mad's Boxing and Martial Arts own- them skills of dealing with bullies" his leisure time by training peri- er, and chief administrator Yusuf A. Muhammad said. "In fact, our odically with martial arts instructor Muhammad said. philosophy is we teach them how to Dan Inosanto, a former student of Whether it's the adult or children's fight so that they don't have to fight, famed Hollywood actor, and martial program, the transition from leading A lot of children are a little confused, arts master Bruce Lee. Muhammad a regular every day life to the study of when I say that, but after I explain it is currently an apprentice instructor martial arts is different for every stu- to them, they soon understand.,' under Inosanto. dent, From the first day, 12-year old At the top of the school's priority For more information about Mu- rising seventh grader, Justin Brown list is the student's academic life. "We hammad's Boxing and Martial Arts, has enthusiastically embraced Ks- believe heavily in education here, be- go online to www.boxingandmar- rate as part of his academic and ram- cause in order to move up to the next tialartscenter.com or call 540-775- ily life. "I started the program when level belt rank, we Send them home 7555. LEONARD BANKS Sports editor The next tournament, which will be For many adults and kids in King GFor many adults and kids in King George, the traditional form of mar- Age is no issue for anyone who tial arts, known as Isshin Ryu is a wants to join the school. In fact, the perfect outlet for them to achieve school has had profound positive their personal and athletic goals, effects on kids with disabilities. "We For those who wish to embrace have a lot of kids that come through a program focused on building here with autism, ADHD, and things strength, balance, coordination, and of that nature" Kline said. '~fter flexibility through Kata (forms), a month or so, parents see their Kobudo (weapons), and Bunkai progress, and rave that their attention (practice applications), they should span has improved. When kids see stop by the old King George Middle the class for the first time, I tell them Schnnl m~m nn Tuesday~ nnd that their brain i.~ their number nne Thursday evenings, from 6-8 p.m., weapon, their arsenal of defense, and witness a class in action, and academics is their number one After 14 years of study, Chief priority.,' instructor, and two-time Martial Arts The class not only monitors report Hall of Fame recipient, Kevin Kline is cards, but provides academic assis- convinced that the ancient art form tance. "I always tell parents if their is the key to living a healthy and children are not doing their school fulfilling life. "We base our class not work, then use this class as a tool so much on the quality of learning, to help them with their academics" but the quality of Martial Arts" Kline Kline said. said. "A lot of commercial schools Several kids who are have achieved push people through by giving them academic and martial arts success are a certain time frame, and have to sophomore Eric Lamb, and eighth meet a criteria. We want everyone to grader, William German. Lamb has progress on his or her own rate, and achieved the ranking of black belt, really enjoy what they are doing. This German is currently a brown belt. willgive them abetter understanding Lamb's younger brother, five year of how it works" old, loey Bellante is a yellow belt. Kline, a fifth degree black belt, "The reason why I began studying began the study of Karate with his martial arts was that I was really shy" son, Travis. Travis is a King George Lamb said. "My mother enrolled into High School alumni, who excelled in the Karate class, hoping it would Karate, earning a black belt. Travis help me open up, and start talking to also was a standout athlete in track & people. After five years, it has been field (discus, shot put), and football the greatest experience anyone can (offensive, defensive lineman), ever feel,,' Lamb competes in two In partnership with the King Karate tournamentsannually. George Parks & Recreation Depart- As for German, Karate has also ment, Kline has run the martial arts had positive effects on his life. '~.s program for nearly 14years, He also for academics, I can focus a lot coordinates, and organizes an Isshin more, and I feel I can do more work Ryu Karate tournament annually, efficiently" German said. "Karate the 11th year, is scheduled for April "A lotof 27, 2014, at King George Middle School. commercial schools me t a criteria. r UWr lt~&C~ doing, will give them a better w it. works." --Kevin Kline also helps with my strength, fitness, flexibility, mind-body relationship, and coordination.,' German is working towards a black belt, and also competes in tournaments during the year. Although the study of Karate em- bodies self esteem, and a deep sense of peace and well being, some people have gotten the wrong impression. '~_ lot of people look at Karate as be- ing violent, and a bad thing, but it's really not that at all" Kline said. "We are teaching people to deal with situ- ations without being violent.,' For more information about King George Isshin Ryu Karate, contact Kline at kkline@va.metrocast.net. William German (right) demonstrates a take To Subscribe, Call (540) 775-2024 $24.oo per year for all the local news. 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