In 1999, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg started Kids Kicking Cancer in response to the amazing benefits he found that martial arts meditation and breathing techniques have for those in great pain and stress — particularly children.
As the program began to develop, parents, doctors, nurses and many others began to comment on the changes they saw in the boys and girls who had joined our classes. These adults were nothing short of mesmerized as they witnessed kids utilizing a technique for taking control of pain, fear and anger. In addition, the children became natural teachers of these methods.
Backed by research, our martial arts-based meditative techniques have proven successful in reducing pain and stress in children with cancer and other chronic illnesses, as well as their otherwise healthy siblings.
As a result, Kids Kicking Cancer expanded from servicing only pediatric cancer patients, into the creation of the Heroes Circle®, an initiative dedicated to lowering the pain and stress of ALL children.
The Heroes Circle is aiming to improve an individual’s capability to manage and respond to stress, pain and trauma. Thanks to a global network of funders, partners, volunteers and martial arts therapists, we have expanded our programming to reach children in 21 U.S. states and 10 different countries.
The Heroes Circle expands into Italy.
The Heroes Circle expands into Israel.
Rabbi G. hosted the first Global Martial Arts Therapist Seminar in Michigan.
Heroes Circle expands into South Africa.
Launched the pilot of our Heroes Circle Elementary School Program in Oak Park Michigan School District.
The Heroes Circle expands into Zimbabwe and Zambia, and our global program team hosts our first annual global palliative care seminar.
As a response to the global pandemic, we pivoted to 100% virtual programming for children and families.
The Heroes Circle expands into Australia.
Expanded our Heroes Circe School Program to include a middle school curriculum piloted in Oak Park Michigan School District.
Help more children find
Power. Peace. Purpose.
Despite the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, we are committed to empowering one million children to reduce their pain and stress with the help of our evidence-based martial arts therapy.
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