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Traverse City Karate Class - How It Changed One Boy's Life

Andrew was eight years old. He was shy and small for his size. Andrew lived in Traverse City, a community located in northern Michigan. Andrew lived back and forth between his mom and dad who were divorced several years prior. Andrew had tried many sports over the years but had not clicked with any of them. He had always loved martial arts television shows like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kickin It and the movie Karate Kid but he had never trained at a real Karate Dojo. In the fall of his third grade year - Andrew was invited by a class mate to attend a birthday party at the Seung-ni Martial Arts Academy located in Traverse City. At the party, Andrew and the other guests did a lot of fun Karate kicks, punches, cool moves and games. Andrew even got to break a real board. After the martial arts birthday party, he convinced his mom to let him try some karate lessons. The rest as they say .... is history.

Andrew's First Day Of Karate Training In Traverse City

Andrew's first martial arts lesson at the Seung-ni Academy was with Master Kyle Scott. Master Scott gave him a tour, explained the martial art school rules and then had him try on his new karate uniform. It fit great and he felt great in it. As his mom watched with a big smile from the back of the gym the master and young student began Andrew's journey into martial arts. Bowing, saying "yes sir", how to make a fist, how to throw a proper karate punch and kick were all practiced with great focus. A focus that Andrew's mother had not seen out of him ever - especially in regards to his school work that sometimes struggled. After 1/2 hour the lesson was over and Andrew was bowing out to say goodbye and literally skipped to the car feeling so confident and happy. The first day of Karate had been a huge success.

Second Day Of Karate Brought Many More Lessons & Smiles

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