Marlins school of miracles

For the past two years Success Martial Arts has been providing an after school program which has involved teaching at least one karate lesson to every class in the school.

Richard Marlin, who runs Success Martial Arts, often follows up the initial class with a six-lesson after school program that focuses on inspiring children with the positive values of service to humanity and respect for parents. The parents pay a nominal fee of $20 to the school for the six lessons, all of which is kept by the school.

St Carthages Primary School in Lismore agreed to pilot the program in June 2004 and Marlins unsung heros taught all 650 children at St Carthages with 149 participating in the after school program.

Since then Success Martial Arts has taken the program to many public and Catholic schools in Lismore and surrounds South Lismore Public, St Josephs in Alstonville, Lismore Heights Primary, Rous Public, Our Lady of Lourdes, Goonellabah and Lismore Public, Our Lady Help of Christians, Eltham Primary, Dunoon and Coraki Public and Cabbage Tree Island.

In all, Success Martial Arts has introduced the discipline of karate to more than 3000 local children in the past two years, and in the process has raised over $20,000 for local schools.

Brian Kean from Southern Cross University, an international expert on childrens behaviours, has witnessed the changes in his own son since he took part in the after school program.

My son has developed increased confidence and a positive outlook on life, Brian said. The teaching has assisted him to focus, be patient, delay gratification and to respect others.

The physical training has had many benefits including improved fine and gross motor co-ordination, better balance and a confident approach to other sports that he plays including soccer. The physical training appears to integrate co-ordination and has significant transfer to other physical activities.

Any schools interested in being part of the after school program can phone Richard on 6622 4799.

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