Pulse Taekwondo partnered with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to design a martial arts program to teach skills and provide exercise to the children in the Epilepsy Classroom. Through three 1 hour long classes and with the assistance of Master Tony Trieu and Instructor Lynn Bui, we were able to conduct a fun opportunity that kept the students engaged and active. We were told before taking on this partnership that many of the students in the Epilepsy Classroom may have difficulties during the sessions due to co-occurring medical issues. As a master and mentor to many children, I want to ensure that anybody can enjoy the benefits of martial arts.
After three weeks of classes, the students showed strong development and expressed much enjoyment in our program. The classroom team was pleased by the level of attention we were able to hold with all the students. On the final day all the children were given the opportunity to break a board to symbolize their ability to do anything in life regardless of their setbacks and were rewarded with a white belt for trying their best throughout the program.
The program was so successful on completion that we are coming back to do another 8-week program in winter 2018.
We are extremely happy that we are able to make a difference to these children and to all those we will work with in the future!