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April 14, 1989 - Image 57

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-04-14

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Best Wishes
for a
Happy Passover

THE GORNBEIN FAMILY
AND STAFF

Carl and Myra Gornbein
Mark Gornbein • Fay Fries

Peter Carbone's class at West Hills Middle School.

respect for their parents, he
teaches them discipline. And
I think you'll find that most
of the kids end up as, pro-
bably, better students, and
the ones that stick with it,
they probably end up as bet-
ter kids to their parents, bet-
ter family members."
One young pupil who
benefits uniquely from karate
is Kass' daughter Suzan. Four
years ago, Kass brought her
into the class for theraputic
reasons.
"She had been diagnosed as
having a learning disability,"
says Kass. "And in part, she
was having some eye-hand-
type coordination difficulties.
We thought that this would

"I don't want sport
karate," says Light.
"I don't want to
learn how to punch
somebody. I want
to learn how to
knock somebody
out if need be. And
being a woman
with small kids, I
feel like a prime
target ... I have to
protect my kids."

be a very good way of getting
her to start using her mind a
little bit more, to coordinate
the hand and the eyes. Within
a very short amount of time
. . . the people at school who
had pointed out the difficulty
to us, commented to us that
there was an improvement.
And I think it was largely due
to this."
Suzan, who once attended
special education classes,
returned to regular classes at
Burton Elementary School in
third grade. She is now in
fifth grade. To the untrained
eye she shows no signs of any
coordination problems as she
does the routines with the
rest of the class at West Hills.

Karate is not only
theraputic for Suzan, it is en-
joyable. Giyen a choice by her
parents of taking dance
lessons or continuing martial
arts, she chose karate,
"because I like it."
From karate, Suzan
matured both physically and
emotionally. "Because of the
learning disability I thought
that everyone hated me.
(Karate) boosted my self-
confidence a lot. I think I'm
a little more aggressive. I like
to hit my brother now!"
The children are not the on-
ly martial arts students to
gain confidence. "In the back
of my mind," says Kass,
"there've been a number of
situations, like at work,
where a person dominating a
meeting is a rather
intimidating-type person.
And I've kind of sat back at
the meetings and I've been
rather amazed to see that I'm
the only one who's really not
intimidated."
Kass and Feinberg see in-
creased Jewish participation
in martial arts as resulting
from the availabilty of classes
in the primary Jewish
neighborhoods. Light con-
cludes that "the Jewish
population needs this . . . The
stereotype is we're not very
physical people. This is
something that's not com-
petitive; you go at your own
pace; everyone can do it. I was
the last one picked on the
baseball teams in school all
the time. I hated it. And this
I can do. I can do it at the
speed I want to do it. I don't
have to compete against the
one next to me."

Norman and Sharon Gornbein

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