Younger students are also taught how to use karate to prevent bullying, but not through violence.
“We teach students how to carry themselves, so they aren’t seen as a weak link that can be picked on,” he said.
Reid said the change in kids and those with special needs after taking martial arts classes is incredible. He said the lessons make them feel special, and that carries over into other parts of their lives. That same attitude can also help adult martial arts students in the work and personal lives.
“It not only helps with stress, but it makes people feel like they’re a part of something special,” said Reid.
U.S. Budokai offers classes six days a week for students of all ages. Yoga and Zumba classes are also available at the facility. To learn more, call 515-458-2018 or visit www.usbudokai.com.