Caption: Students practice martial arts in Chicago's South Side., Credit: Andrea Silenzi
Image by: Andrea Silenzi 
Students practice martial arts in Chicago's South Side. 

Martial Arts Builds Leadership on Chicago's South Side

From: Avishay Artsy
Length: 05:30

A martial arts school in Chicago’s South Side reinforces community in a violent neighborhood.

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The civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." A martial arts program in Chicago's South Side teaches similar principles. Learn self-defense to avoid violence, and help the community for a greater sense of self. This year, the program will offer scholarships to 10,000 low-income children across Chicago. Word of Mouth producer Avishay Artsy dropped by for a lesson.

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Piece Description

The civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." A martial arts program in Chicago's South Side teaches similar principles. Learn self-defense to avoid violence, and help the community for a greater sense of self. This year, the program will offer scholarships to 10,000 low-income children across Chicago. Word of Mouth producer Avishay Artsy dropped by for a lesson.

Broadcast History

Aired on NHPR's "Word of Mouth," Jan. 14, 2010

Transcript

About fifteen young martial arts students practice blocks, punches, and kicks in this Chicago South Side dojo. Sensei Fred Jordan is the head instructor.

"Your opponent do not care if you are tired or winded. The drive-by shooter will not give you a chance to get your breath. Concentrate on your breathing. Eight times. Now Kia! Rook. Kia, kia kia…"

The American Martial Arts and Science Association offers classes like this one at schools throughout the city, as part of a program called Tornado University. Jordan waves a wooden sword under the students’ feet as they jump. He also kicks at their legs to test their stance. Twelve-year-old Mario Lewis just started taking lessons.

"It takes a lot of hard work, dedication. You gotta concentrate, focus. Be concentrated. When you’re in here you can’t play around."

Deja White is also 12, and has been practicing martial arts for two yea...
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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Sunshine Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor. Atlantic Records 2006 :00

Additional Credits

Photos and videos produced by Andrea Silenzi.

Related Website

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