It may look like simple kicking and punching, but for students in the Lee’s Summit R-7 extended school year program, these moves are anything but simple.
Kyoshi Hanson and Andrew Kreicbergs of Tamashii Black Belt Academy challenged the students not only physically, but also mentally by working on focus and attention.
During the karate lesson students gained a tremendous sense of self-confidence. In many areas of their lives they are struggling, but during their time with Kyoshi Hanson and Andrew they were achieving. When the students learned how to punch or kick, or even duck and jump, the level of achievement and happiness that they got was just amazing, said Kay Rader, R-7 teacher.
At the end of the lesson as the kids took a bow, their performance was an achievement worth applauding.
Kyoshi Hanson provides karate lessons in several of the special-education classrooms in the school district year round, shares self-control and anti-bullying lessons at many schools and leads a Saturday morning adaptive karate classes at her dojo.