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Thank you Cartwrights from the HFT karate kids

 

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The High-functioning Trafford committee and our karate kids (and their families), would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Cartwright’s of Altrincham for their very kind cash donation. It enabled us to buy a karate outfit (gi) for each of the children, a license each and to put them through their first grading to earn a red belt.

The children have all been attending lessons (specially for children with high-functioning autism and their siblings), for several months and are really enjoying learning  a new skill.  For them it is about so much more than learning a martial art – karate  also helps with their listening and concentration, aids hand-eye co-ordination and cross-body movements (which in turn can help with reading), helps with spacial awareness, builds stamina and self-esteem, plus it is a great way for them to access an out-of-school activity with their siblings and others who have the same difficulties, where they are understood and accepted and can work to their own level.

Last Friday, 4th November, was the first session where the children wore their new gi’s – we all thought they looked fantastic and the children were very proud of their new kit. They had a fantastic session, all putting in extra effort and enthusiasm.

                 FROM WHITE BELTS TO RED – WELL DONE EVERYONE

1st karate grading

 

Red belts achieved

We also want to take this opportunity to say a massive thanks to Ian, Hayley and Tony at Sale Dojo who are all brilliant with the children – they are so patient, understanding and encouraging, which brings the best out in our children.

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