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.
Sa Bom Nim Danny Lockhart's Karate Academy has earned the distinction of being a featured business in his local community of Aliso Viejo and you'll enjoy the excellent promo video the city prepared educating the public about his Moo Duk Kwan® certified school.
The city is also featuring his school on the City of Aliso Viejo Facebook page and playing the promo video on the City of Aliso Viejo YouTube Channel, Aliso Viejo local cable channels, the City of Aliso Viejo Instagram and the Aliso Viejo City Twitter feed.
Check out the video below and his listing on the City of Aliso Viejo website!
He operates a certified studio in Owasso, Oklahoma and volunteers his time changing lives at the local Homes For Children Campus in Owasso.
Recently Master Townsend applied to the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® and the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan FOUNDATION for grant support. He wanted to register ten children in his program as Federation members in order that they could formally advance in their studies with full recognition and legitimate Moo Duk Kwan® rank certification credentials acknowledging their accomplishments.
The Federation and Foundation worked together to fulfill his grant application and ten new Federation members were registered in Owasso, Oklahoma.
Here is what Master Townsend had to say about the results his grant yielded:
I can't express enough how grateful the children are for the membership and support provided by the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® and The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan FOUNDATION, and how grateful I am to be a part of making this happen for these ten children.
Because of the generosity of both organizations, these children get to belong to a very positive and rewarding national organization with member community values that compliment the teaching they receive at the Owasso Campus. One immediate benefit they have received from the U.S. Federation memberships that you made possible is that once they were Federation members I was authorized to test these students (some of whom have been training with me for over a year) for legitimate Moo Duk Kwan® rank certification and I am happy to report they were all successful in their test and my recommendations to the Technical Advisory Committee were approved for them. We will have a promotion ceremony for them this Thursday.
These children have received a significant boost in self esteem and self confidence from their Soo Bahk Do training. Their receipt of national membership credentials with their name on them and international rank certificates also bearing their name is more important to them than many may think. It is not often in their challenged lives that such recongition is shined upon them. The award ceremony will be a celebration of their accomplishments when we award them their hard earned rank certifications. I can only tell you that this will be a highlight of these children's lives and you have helped make it happen.
Thank you so much for making this possible and supporting my work with them.
I hope this will help others and inspire them to reach out and START something either by volunteering their time or supporting those less fortunate through the Federation and the Foundation.
WENATCHEE — A veteran of two wars, Louis Barrier started taking martial arts classes in 1988 as a way to channel his aggression and manage post traumatic stress. It was a good endeavor then and it’s a good one now, said Barrier, who recently resumed the discipline he left behind more than 20 years ago.
Now, at age 83, he hopes to earn a black belt in the Korean karate discipline of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, becoming one of the oldest people in the Northwest region to do so. Source
When you are bidding to bring the National Festival to your Region, do you think the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® and its National Festival are really that big of a deal?
A New Jersey State Representative and the Congressional Record think so.
By Becka Kurtz, Executive Secretary
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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.