A student counsellor in Louisville, kentucky, has decided that teaching delinquent children Kung Fu and karate is a good way to help them.
SV Instructor being thrown by student while training.
SV Instructor teaching teenagers (2 shots).
SV Arms of students in line.
CU Instructor speaks.
SCU Students practising punching.
CU Instructor speaks.
CU Police officer training.
SCU Parent practises punches on instructors stomach. (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: INTERVIEW PART ONE: "(Indistinct) child has an attitude towards a negative feeling or any kind of authority figure. If we get a kid to bow to the mass, just how to anybody, we feel we can deal with that kid because his attitude begins to change."
SEQ. 6: INTERVIEW PART TWO: "When I ask for funding, or when we try to ask for donations from people they say 'NO! -- are we going to give some money to a programme where we are going to be teaching kids -- delinquents -- to learn judo and karate ? Now they'll come out, and instead of with guns, they'll be chopping our heads off and throwing us and breaking our backs. You know, that's wrong. Because, you see, karate and judo is not a religion, but it is something you have to do religiously in order to learn, you see. And no kid is going to go through with all the type of exercises and endure all the aches that they have to go through to learn it, you see. And we can weed those particular people out right away. You can find out who wants to learn this for that particular reason.
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SPORT: KUNG FU
EDITOR'S NOTE: This film is serviced with an English Commentary by TVN reporter, Bud Harpsmeir.
It also contains an interview with Chuck Cowan in two parts.
REPORTER: BUZ HARPSMEIR
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Background: 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.