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World taekwondo champion to teach sports to troubled youngsters
WORLD taekwondo champion Gordon Fearn who teaches 300 students in Dorset says the sport can help children who suffer with behavioural problems and bullying.
The British team captain has just been awarded his fifth individual world title and now hopes to encourage more youngsters to take up the challenging martial art.
Gordon has launched Little Ninjas, a pre-school Taekwondo class for kids aged three to seven, with classes in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Blandford.
He said: “The classes are run in a controlled, fun and disciplined environment, promoting respect and good behaviour. They also cover life skills and there is a focus on stranger awareness.
“Taekwondo can also give youngsters confidence if they have been bullied at school.”
Gordon also organises an annual competition called the Samuel Oldridge Cup in memory of a student who turned blind at the age of three due to having a brain tumour, but still managed to take two grades.
He said: “Sadly Samuel died at the age of eight. He was a massive inspiration. Before he died, about two weeks before I won the English championships, I gave him my gold medal and my organisation gave him an honorary black belt.”
The 37-year-old from Ringwood has been training since he was nine-years-old and now hopes to set up a permanent centre dedicated to taekwondo in Dorset.
Nicholas Reed who teaches a taekwondo class at Leigh Park Community Centre in Wimborne said: “Kids who are in trouble and faced with overwhelming odds can learn respect, courtesy whilst also improving their confidence. You can see after a few classes that they stand taller and channel their energy in a positive way.”
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