The Syrian children, are refugees in Jordan, stood lined up in rehearsals with the Korean martial arts. They launched attacks gorgeous legs and powerful in the air, and teachers and students are smiling happily.
Martial art Taekwondo was coming to life in Zaatari, a refugee camp No. 2 in the world located in Jordan, and a team of masters Koreans said, practicing martial arts has brought many positive effects to spirit the children, rather than the showy appearance. It enhances mental discipline and self-esteem of children hurt by civil war in their homeland.
Heal the soul
Familiar images of these children is that they often go barefoot, spattered mud, land under hot sun scorching, and often familiar game is throwing stones at each other. Sometimes stoned screen which attracted many children stood watching. The children also played imitation, mimicking rebel army fighting against the Syrian government.
“I feel in my heart the children here full of hatred. I saw many impressive rock baby on five-five hand, ready to throw anyone “- masters Teakwodo Charles Lee tells about the first impression he met Syrian children, ahead of his disciples.
The sensei is currently head of South Korea 5 who are teaching traditional martial arts of South Korea for about 50 Syrian boy, with a time frame 2 times per week.
53 years old, has lived in Jordan for 10 years, Mr. Lee, a former acupuncturist, not professional practice of martial arts. He shared good wishes coming from a warm heart of physician-cum-martial arts to children Syria: “I want to teach the children more than chivalry. I want to change the way we think. I want the children to live in harmony, helping relatives, neighbors and their fellow citizens. ”
Ibrahim al Hamidi, 13, from the city unstable and painful Daraa, southern Syria, said: Taekwondo has helped kids like me live better, healthier and more willpower. “Taekwondo teaches us good children, grandchildren and making them stronger. It’s also good for the body and muscles of them children, it teaches them how to safeguard children “- he said.
Ali Badran, 13, also from Daraa, was unceasing praise: “Taekwondo is wonderful. When returned to Syria, I will teach martial arts to students Syria “. The boy said his wish for peace after the country is to become a martial arts teacher.
Martial arts school instead
Until now, the only teaching Taekwondo for the boys, but both girls at a later stage. The Korean martial arts dojo for 10 adults, mostly former football coach, because before they leave here, they want to give classes for indigenous teachers.
No school, class, kids “no longer have any further education system in our lives” – that is the preoccupation of Rashid Mohamed, a Syrian coach.
“But we found martial habits can alter young children. Even more than the school, because the children really like it “- Mr. Rashid shared.
Rashid said he had seen the positive results. For example, the boys treated her better with friends. “Just in time for 1 month, the children’s condition has changed a lot. And grandchildren also mastered his mind more “- he touched Rashid said.