Imagine the Positivity!
This semi-regular post will attempt to highlight positivity in the martial arts from around the world. Unfortunately, it is far too easy to find negative stories on the internet. Positive ones, however, are harder to find. Let’s recognize and celebrate those martial artists and schools who are doing good things in their communities, as well as, making great accomplishments. If you are putting on any kind of event, workshop, or seminar, feel free to post it at http://www.martialartscalendar.com It can bring attention to your event and is free to use!
You can see the last installment here.
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Dr. Gregory Ramey speaks to how physical activity can benefit young children and teenagers suffering from depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Specifically, he outlines how training in martial arts is a great option. He also speaks to how parents and children react when he suggests that. I’m confident that many of us martial artists would probably be in very different places in life without the martial arts.
Columbus, Georgia, USA
Young Diana Sipper has already had her life changed by the martial arts at just 7 years old! Her parents signed her up for softball and karate because she was quiet and timid. Consequently, she was also being picked on in school. She chose karate and is reaping the benefits of hard work! She recently won four trophies, two first-place, at the Southern Open National Martial Arts Championship. Keep up the hard work, Diana!
Valdosta, Georgia, USA
For Pat Hodges and Joan Lawson, 75 and 80 years-old respectively, there is no sign of slowing down with age! Both of these amazing women have been training for over twelve years now and are third-degree black belts. They are both noted as routinely out-classing their younger counterparts on the floor. In addition, they are both cancer survivors. Continue to train hard and train often ladies!
A small group of martial artists is fighting against the dying of the light for their art. The art in question is called Xinjiaquan, or “Singafist.” The art was conceptualized out of the knowledge of eight grandmasters of differing styles in 1985. While initially drawing thousands of students in the beginning, now there are few practitioners. However, the remaining practitioners are fighting to keep the art alive!
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Multiple Sclerosis is not slowing down this amazing woman! Alyssa Fencil was unexpectedly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008. While a shocking revelation, she dedicated herself to Taekwondo and fitness. Most notably, she will be a member of the U.S. Para Taekwondo National Team this month in London, England. In addition, she will also participate in the 2020 Olympics! While she does struggle with the physical symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, she continues to persevere! This is a must-read.
Crestview, Florida, USA
Recently, two brothers just obtained the rank of master in Taekwondo simultaneously! They both started at a young age and overcame challenges along the way. While one brother has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the other has Cerebral Palsy. Both men have persevered over internal and external challenges to reach the level they are currently at. Congratulations, and continue to strive for more gentlemen!
If you know of any good examples of positivity in the martial arts, please post them in the comments below!
As always, embrace positivity, my brothers and sisters!