There are two things that are extremely rewarding and fulfilling for any real teacher. The first is to see your students accomplish something big, that might be their first time getting an A, performing on a stage, or winning at a competition. Every teacher loves these moments because they know they helped that student reach that goal. We thrive on it.

The second is taking a student who others thought couldn’t do it, or didn’t believe they could do it themselves. I have had the fortune of teaching lots of kids with special needs over the years. I teach many private lessons, and although some of them are students who just want extra attention, many are students who have had a difficult time learning martial arts in a group environment.

I have one student who had a stroke when he was very young. This little boy has so much potential but he is still working on using one side of his body. I really feel like our school is going to help him eventually reach his full potential.

Another student of mine started out years ago who was very difficult. He had someone come along and help every lesson. He had autism, although his upper body strength and physical capacity were incredible. He has come such a long way, it really is incredible. I really enjoy my lessons with him because he has learned how to focus better through with our one on one interactions.

I love teaching, especially when students are excited to learn. But unfortunately I lost my twin brother two years ago, he struggled with his own challenges and special needs. Since then, I find it very fulfilling helping students whop need extra attention. I teach about four hours of lessons a week currently for kids with special needs. Those lessons take more planning than most. I don’t mind, however, putting in extra work for them. I hope that with all my experience, I can have a positive impact on someone’s life.

We have a special scholarship program for students with special needs. This includes physical as well as mental health challenges if you are interested, please contact our school about our Blur Scholarship Program.