2009-07-31 / Letters

Karate At Night Out Against Crime

Dear Editor,

My wife and son are students of the World Champion Karate Center on Beach Channel Drive. In the short time that my son has been there, he has learned to do things I never imagined a six-year-old would be capable of. His focus, discipline, and determination are obvious products of the training he and all of the students receive.

The reason I am writing is to voice my concern and disappointment regarding the upcoming 100 precinct Night Out Against Crime event. The school has been performing a demonstration at the event since its inception 30 years ago. Every year, the students look forward to performing in public and demonstrating their skills. However, this year the school was told that there was no room. You would think that a successful program that keeps children off of the street and teaches them not only self defense but also discipline and focus would be a good fit for a community event such as Night Out Against Crime. These demonstrations are an opportunity for parents and children of the community to see how well kids of all ages and backgrounds can work together and support one another with the benefit of proper training. The organizers of the event should be supportive of these students, not shut them out. After all, they are the future of Rockaway.

TODD KUZNIT

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