2010-05-21 / Sports

BCHS Students Learn While Having Fun

Eager students from Beach Channel High School are getting in shape and learning teamwork and discipline by practing after school in the either art of Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or use their legs on the dance floor by learning salsa.

Mark Sanchez, who is the Beach Channel Assistant Principal of Physical Education and Health, instructs at least 30 students in both the art of dancing and Karate. The students can participate for extra credit or just do it for fun.

Sanchez, who has overseen the program since the beginning of the school year, teaches salsa lessons three times a week. The practices last for an hour to two hours.

Sanchez uses the other two days of the school week to teach young students the disciplined art of Karate. There are no fees for the class.

Sanchez says he freely gives up his time after school because he loves the commitment from his students.

“I love connecting with the kids! It keeps me felling alive and I pray that I’m making a difference,” Sanchez said.

Some of his students have also participated outside the school in these endeavors by enrolling in dancing or karate competitions.

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