STEPHON: HERE AT TIGER STRIKE
MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY ON CRUMS
LANE, ORDER AND ROUTINE AR
MEANT TO KEEP KIDS FOCUSED.>>WAIT. WHAT’D YOU SAY? STEPHON: AND TO DO THAT, ANDRE
CARR PUSHES HIS KIDS OUTSIDE OF
THEIR COMFORT ZONES.>>EVERY KID COMES IN HERE WITH
THEIR OWN THING. SOME HAVE A LITTLE BEHAVIOR
ISSUES, NOT BEING ABLE TO FOCUS,
SO WE HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS WE
ARE ABLE TO DO IN CLASS TO
ACTUALLY HELP THEM GET READY FOR
THAT STEPHON: CONFIDENCE, DISCIPLINE
AND FOCUS ARE WHAT CARR BELIEVES
IS THE ANTIDOTE TO BULLYING.>>I ALWAYS CHALLENGE MY KIDS
AND WHEN I DO PRESENT THESE
CHALLENGES, WHAT BUILDS THEIR
CONFIDENCE IS WHEN I PUT A
CHALLENGE IN FRONT OF THEM AND I
KNOW THEY CAN DO IT AND THEY DON’T KNOW
WHEN THEY DO IT, IT’S A BOOST OF
CONFIDENCE AND THE NEXT THING
YOU KNOW, YOU’VE GOT A LEADER IN
FRONT OF YOU.>>BECAUSE WHEN SOMEBODY RUN UP
ON YOU, THEN YOU CAN USE THEEM
TO PUNCH AND KICK THEM
STEPHON: BUT FOR CARR, MARTIAL
ARTS GOES BEYOND THA
>>WE DONT TEACH HOW TO FIGHT, WE TEACH HOW TO DEFEND, BUT WE
BUILD CONFIDENCE IN A KID A KID
THAT COMES IN HERE WITH LOW SELF
THAN LIKELY WOULD BE BULLIED. THE KID THAT’S GOING TO SPEAK UP
THE KID WITH CONFIDENCE, THE
ALPHA KID, THAT’S THE ONE THAT’S
GOING TO SPEAK UP AND SAY HEY,
THAT’S NOT RIGHT. STEPHON: CARR’S ACADEMY IS ABOUT
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. IT COMES AT A TIME WHEN CRIME IS
AN ISSUE IN SOUTH AND WEST END
COMMUNITIES WHERE CARR GREW UP
>>COMING UP IN THE
NEIGHBORHOODS I WAS RAISED IN,
WE ALWAYS HAD VIOLENCE, WE ALWAYS HAD DRUGS AND THINGS IN
THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND THAT’S
SOMETHING GROWING UP YOU SEE
CONTINUOUSLY HAPPEN, AND AS YOU
MATURE, YOU SEE ITS SOMETHING,
YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT NOW. STEPHON: CARR IS DOING THAT WITH
UP TO 30 DEDICATED KIDS WHO EARN
VARIOUS BELTS AS THEY IMPROVE
THEIR SKILLS, EVEN IF THEY
SOMETIMES FORGET THE COLOR
>>WHITE. I MEANT YELLOW.>>IT’S JUST FILLING A VOID,
IT’S A LOT OF TEENAGE VIOLENCE
AND YOUTH VIOLENCE GOING ON, SO
I SAID THE BEST THING FOR ME TO
DO IS HELP IS ACTUALLY USE WHA
I WAS TAUGHT AND MY BLESSINGS TO GIVE BACK TO KIDS AND I KNOW
WHAT IT’S DONE FOR ME, SO IT
WORKS.>>HE’S COOL
STEPHON: A MAN THEY CALL SIFU,
WHICH IS CANTONESE DIALECT FOR
TEACHER. AS COOL AND LOVING AS HE MAY BE,
STUDENTS KNOW THAT IF RULES
AREN’T FOLLOWED, JUST LIKE LIFE,
THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES.>>YES, OR YOU’LL DO 50 PUSHUPS
25 OR 10
STEPHON: BUT AT THE HEART OF
WHAT HE POURS INTO HIS STUDENTS,
IS LOVE. BEYOND EACH KICK AND PUNCH,
THERE IS A LESSON IN COMPASSIO
>>I START YOUNG AND I GET THEM
EARLY AND I PLANT THESE SEEDS
AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, YOU
HAVE THIS WHOLE COMMUNITY FULL OF GOOD PEOPLE. STEPHON: IN LOUISVILLE, STEPHON
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