A student counsellor in Louisville, kentucky, has decided that teaching delinquent children Kung Fu and karate is a good way to help them.
A student counsellor in Louisville, kentucky, has decided that teaching delinquent children Kung Fu and karate is a good way to help them. So he has opened a fee school to test his theory.
The counsellor, Chuck Cowan, says that the children he is working with -- from Louisville's depressed suburbs -- have been given up by other teachers. His first problem is to get them to listen, and become involved in the training. Once they have responded to discipline, he says, their attitude begins to change.
At the moment Cowan and his helpers are not being paid. However, they are trying to convince authorities to help finance the programme.
Cowan seeks to allay fears by pointing out that the discipline and hard work of the training soon discourages those who might want to learn how to cause trouble on the streets.
The programme has been so successful that some parents are also joining in. The special attraction is a police officer who lets himself be thrown around by the children -- Kung Fu style.