Kick! Punch! Go To Your Limit! Using Martial Arts At Grootbos
The Grootbos Foundation is giving children the opportunity to learn self-discipline through a temporary martial arts programme launched at its Football Foundation, at Gansbaai Primêr (Blompark).
The creation of Stefen Rudloff from Germany, the programme is using martial arts principles to address working together, showing each other respect, how to concentrate and how to become disciplined through hard physical training.
Stefen is passionate about the benefits martial arts can offer children from marginalized communities, such as those in and around Gansbaai. Drawing from his personal experience and background, Stefan believes martial arts offers a constructive discipline to these children and enables them to better channel their energies to overcome the challenges their environment presents.
“My passion for this programme comes from observing the progress and development of the kids that show up regularly”, said Stefen.
The program was dedicated to learners with a perceived lack of discipline. Attendance is not compulsory, so learners that attend have already taken the first step of understanding that they and only they are responsible for their attendance.
The programme gives learners critical tools they can apply to many other areas of their lives and is ideal for addressing aspects of empowerment, lack of discipline, lack of self-esteem and the ability to focus and concentrate. This great programme was run as a trial from February to April of this year, with a follow up month of intense training in September. With the success of this initial trial, the foundation is hoping to attract funding to make this programme a permanent feature offered to learners in the community.
The Grootbos Foundation’s mission is to conserve the unique Cape Floral Kingdom of the region; and to develop sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education.
It creates sustainable project models which are replicable and scalable in order to assist the communities around Grootbos, and those in other regions. Many of its projects generate their own income and/or are partially self-sustaining.
It has three integrated ‘umbrella’ programmes: ‘Green Futures’ which focuses on conservation, ‘Football Foundation’ which focuses on utilising sport for development, and ‘Siyakhula’ which focuses on the creation of sustainable livelihoods through enterprise development.
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