Unique Community Development Project Through One World Karate

Unique Community Development Project through One World Karate

 
The notion of community building is a deep rooted desire of almost every member of society, which usually takes shape by the effort of those individuals who aspire to become the agent of their own learning and change and share the results of their discovery with others for the common good.
 
There are many community based building or development projects aimed at alleviating the status quo of a neighborhood, a locality, or town by identifying a common need or interest followed by implementation of plans to realize them. However there are other initiatives such as the one proposed by One World Karate, a not-for-profit organization, which aims to create a culture of character-building by fostering a holistic approach towards health. The program empowers students by nurturing a sense of physical, mental and spiritual confidence through hard work and service to others, providing the students with the skills they need to effect change in their own community.
 
One World Karate’s community development project draws upon the discipline and dedication found within the study and practice of martial arts to help children, youth and adults gain critical life skills such as respect, focus, confidence, self-discipline, leadership and how to deal with bullies. The program provide students with various opportunities to serve their peers and the community by becoming involved with community service projects held through out the year, including clean up projects, and youth and junior youth empowerment programs, e.t.c. Program organizers at One World Karate are diligently collaborating with community centers and schools to further develop the program so that it impacts the community in the most positive way. Organizers are also consistently in contact with community leaders to gain insight and knowledge on ways to effectively integrate One World Karate’s program with current initiatives.
 
Modification of Anti-social Behaviors
 
The martial art practiced at One World Karate, does not perpetrate aggression or superiority but is rather focused on developing a strong personal character through ‘unity in diversity’, an approach which accommodates the best practice of different styles of martial arts. The program is a useful tool in modifying disruptive anti-social behaviors in children, such as disobedience, hostility towards authoritative figures such as parents or teachers, fighting, arguing and stubbornness.
 
 Prevention of Crime
 
While crime prevention is not the primary objective of One World Karate’s program, research does suggest that there is a strong correlation between Martial Arts training and the overall reduction of crime in communities.
 
By providing an accessible, highly organized and appropriate program for children, youth and adults, in a culture that promotes strong character development, One World Karate intends to decrease anti-social behavior which at times may lead to crime and other detrimental actions, by helping participants steer away from trouble.
 
Improvement of physical health
 
Martial arts when practiced regularly at One World Karate can also be an effective way of reducing the onset of chronic disease (Obesity, cancer, hypertension, depression, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis) and premature death. Regular physical activity can balance blood pressure and blood sugar levels, increase circulation, and lower cholesterol levels. In addition the program aids in maintaining aerobic endurance, muscle strength and general flexibility which is especially important for the ageing adult. 
 
Who this program helps
 
This program helps the entire community either directly or indirectly by providing an appropriate outlet for youth and adults to gain critical skills which are transferable through out life. The program also has the ability to help prevent crime by instilling the ‘unity in diversity’ philosophy, and by fostering and providing opportunities for peer and community service. The greatest beneficiaries of this program however, are children ages 3 and upwards, junior youth, and youth who are going through a character building period of their lives, as well as adults and families who would like to be engaged in a personal development program.