How many years have you worked with Kids Kicking Cancer?
How did you begin with martial arts?
I have been part of the International Taekwondo Federation since 2006. I earned my 1st Dan Blackbelt in 2014 and then transitioned to Kenpo Karate in 2015.
What lessons have you learned over the years from practicing or teaching martial arts?
We are all students and can learn from others at all levels.
What inspired you to join Kids Kicking Cancer as a martial arts therapist?
The wonderful Boston Globe article in December 2013 that resonated with my passions for working with children and families – particularly related to cancer – combined with the martial arts!
What do you love most about Kids Kicking Cancer’s mission?
Discovering and deploying methods to ease the pain and suffering in others.
Do you have a favorite KKC story or experience you would like to share?
The opportunity to take the program outside the clinical setting and into camps and classrooms … even virtually!
What do you do for fun?
These days, I love long rides on my mountain bike, taking my best friend Bree for walks at the field, and hanging out with the family on our newly built patio!
How do you tailor your lessons to suit the needs of very young students?
For our little heroes, I love to get right to their level and relate to them by talking about their favorite super heroes, and then maybe ask, “How would your super hero do this?” or “Can you teach your super hero to do this?” There are also lots of age-appropriate games that we can draw from. In the dojo “Sensei Says” is a favorite. In the clinical setting, there are plenty of games, as well as the opportunity to draw. One of my favorite connections was made by having a young patient teach me to draw!