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Special Needs Hero Among Us In Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Del Sordo Pediatric Martial Arts

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Paul Del Sordo, Sa Bom, Dan Bon 29822

Paul Del Sordo, Sa Bom, Dan Bon 29822

Paul Del Sordo is a Moo Duk Kwan® internationally certified master level instructor (Sa Bom) for the proprietary Soo Bahk Do® martial art system and owner of Del Martial Arts in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. 

He has helped, and continues to help, special needs children make progress in ways that medical professionals admit they simply cannot.

In fact, many medical professionals refer parents with special needs children to explore his program for their child because they find the children are far more eager to attend his classes than to come to therapy sessions and their progress is often much better than achieved through other therapy alone.

It makes sense when you think about it. When special needs children come to his classes and engage in therapeutic activities based on the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system and even practice the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system right alongside fellow students, they are "taking karate" just like everyone else.

However, when they go to medical professionals for therapy, then they may think "there must be something wrong with me," otherwise I would not be going to a doctor's facility.

The mental stigma associated with "going to a doctor" is completely eliminated when special needs children get to "go to karate" instead.

Master Del Sordo provides a gateway to life-changing growth and development for these children that is totally unavailable to them without his dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of these special children.

There is substantial research documenting the positive benefits of karate training and one of the more interesting studies documents how karate changes your brain. 

Findings of this study may provide some insights into why Master Del Sordo's program is so effective with autistic and special needs children.

"We think that ability might be related to fine tuning of neural connections in the cerebellum, allowing them to synchronize their arm and trunk movements very accurately."

Parents of special needs children owe it to their child to explore Master Del Sordo's Soo Bahk Do® program to provide your child with a mainstream experience that medical professionals acknowledge as surprisingly effective and beneficial.

You can pitch in and help him sustain his wonderful program for special needs children through his GoFundMe page.

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Karate Changes Your Brain

Karate Changes Your Brain

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by Emma Woollacott
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Karate changes the brain - and not just through ill-judged kicks to the head.

Brain scans carried out by researchers from Imperial College London and University College London have revealed distinctive features in the brain structure of karate experts, which may be linked to their ability to punch powerfully at close range.

Oddly, previous studies have found that the force generated in a karate punch isn't, as you'd expect, determined by muscular strength, suggesting that it may be governed by the control of muscle movement by the brain.

The study looked for differences in brain structure among 12 karate practitioners with a black belt rank and an average of 13.8 years' karate experience, along with 12 control subjects of similar age who exercised regularly but had no martial arts experience.

The researchers tested how powerfully the subjects could punch, but stuck to short distances - just five centimeters - to make sure the comparison with novices was fair. The subjects wore infrared markers on their arms and torso to capture the speed of their movements.

Unsurprisingly, the karate group punched harder. And the power of their punches seemed to be down to timing: the force they generated correlated with how well the movement of their wrists and shoulders was synchronized.

And brain scans showed that the microscopic structure of certain regions of the brain differed between the two groups.

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) showed structural differences in the white matter - the bundles of fibres that carry signals from one region to another - of the cerebellum and the primary motorcortex, known to be involved in controlling movement.

The differences in the cerebellum correlated with how well the subjects' wrist and shoulder movements were synchronized when punching, with the age at which their karate experts began training and with their total experience of the discipline.

"The karate black belts were able to repeatedly coordinate their punching action with a level of coordination that novices can't produce," says Dr Ed Roberts of Imperial College.

"We think that ability might be related to fine tuning of neural connections in the cerebellum, allowing them to synchronize their arm and trunk movements very accurately."

[These changes in the brain may suggest one reason why martial arts training is so beneficial for autistic students. Learn more using the links below.] 1

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Gaining Independence Through Martial Arts

Gaining Independence Through Martial Arts

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Left to right: Jim, Master Nelson and Dustin after receiving their orange belts.

By Becka Kurtz, Executive Secretary
Opportunity Manor Inc.
1908 Kruchten Court South
PO Box 280
Sartell, MN 56377

Martial arts training is said to improve physical functions such as strength, balance and stamina. More importantly, it has been proven to increase self worth, self esteem, confidence, independence and an overall improvement in quality of life.

Through Pathway to Opportunities (PTO) collaboration with the St. Cloud Soo Bahk Do Karate School and Master Bill Nelson, 2 of our consumers are shining examples of this. In August 2008 Dustin Potratz and James Klinkner of PTO were awarded their orange belts in the art of Soo Bahk Do.

The martial art of Soo Bahk Do forges the body towards gaining ultimate use of its faculties through intensive physical and mental training. It promotes a healthy and disciplined mind, strong personal character, and respect for life and nature.  It also helps one achieve a mature attitude, as well as gives you the mental strength to find your full potential.

In 2007, PTO was fortunate to have Scott Ridlon teach self defense classes to our participants. After taking the class, Dustin and James showed further interest in martial arts and were given the recommendation to take classes from Bill Nelson, Master (sixth degree black belt) in Soo Bahk Do.

He then adapted his classes to fit the needs of our consumers. They began taking regular classes, continuing to increase their rank to the orange belt that they now hold.

Some of the things they have learned through these classes are basic techniques, strikes, kicks, basic form, round house kicks and knowledge of lower rank requirements. They were also able to break boards and spar.

Not only have they gained knowledge of the physical aspects of the art, they continue to gain self worth, confidence, and work toward independence.


Children Value Themselves to The Extent They Have Been Valued

Children Value Themselves to The Extent They Have Been Valued

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Self Esteem: The Key To Life

A child's development of healthy self esteem is bolstered by every personal success that they enjoy.

The Moo Duk Kwan's® Soo Bahk Do® martial art system provides a progressively challenging and rewarding series of experiences that can enhance a child's self esteem and life potential like no other endeavor.

As a student of the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system training under at a certified location under the guidance of a certified instructor your child reaps the associated benefits; however, the Youth Leadership Program provides exciting supplemental activities to supercharge their self esteem and elevate their accomplishments to new heights.


Where Does A Kid Learn Values Like That?

Where Does A Kid Learn Values Like That?

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Today's youth are tomorrow's adults and the core values that they learn and embrace in their formative years will shape their behavior and interaction with others for the rest of their life.

The Moo Duk Kwan's value system is reinforced by every aspect of a student's training in the Soo Bahk Do martial art system.

One goal expressed by the Founder and Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang is that every certified instructor endeavor to assure that their students carry their discipline and respect outside the studio and into their daily life.


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