Martial arts closure tears at downtown fabric

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

On December 23, Waterdown lost another piece of the fabric that made this town so special.

Waterdown Martial Arts Academy, also known as Kid'Smart'l Arts, closed its doors. As its "Sa Bohm Nim," Wally Cassell, said at a farewell party, "It's not the 400 students who passed through the doors since March 2000, it was all of the others who never got to know us."

If you knew about the school, you knew that it wasn't about macho guys beating on each other and it wasn't about making tons of money in a fancy trs chic dojang.

It was about kids learning to respect themselves and others.

It was about families.

It was about each student, young and old, achieving their personal best physically and, in a way, spiritually.

It was always a wonder to watch Wally take a class of 20 kids, some with ADHD and other emotional problems, and get them to focus on controlling their emotions and bodies to perform complex martial arts patterns - in unison!

Wally taught the kids about being responsible; Memorial Park and Sealey Park never looked as good as they did after Wally's "Garbage Warriors" had been through to pick up papers and bottles and other detritus left behind by others.

There are a lot of us who owe Wally and his school a debt of gratitude for our kids and ourselves - far more than can be expressed in this short letter. Thanks just seems so inadequate, but thanks Wally.

All the best as you go forward.

Richard W. Sams

Waterdown

Martial arts closure tears at downtown fabric

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

On December 23, Waterdown lost another piece of the fabric that made this town so special.

Waterdown Martial Arts Academy, also known as Kid'Smart'l Arts, closed its doors. As its "Sa Bohm Nim," Wally Cassell, said at a farewell party, "It's not the 400 students who passed through the doors since March 2000, it was all of the others who never got to know us."

If you knew about the school, you knew that it wasn't about macho guys beating on each other and it wasn't about making tons of money in a fancy trs chic dojang.

It was about kids learning to respect themselves and others.

It was about families.

It was about each student, young and old, achieving their personal best physically and, in a way, spiritually.

It was always a wonder to watch Wally take a class of 20 kids, some with ADHD and other emotional problems, and get them to focus on controlling their emotions and bodies to perform complex martial arts patterns - in unison!

Wally taught the kids about being responsible; Memorial Park and Sealey Park never looked as good as they did after Wally's "Garbage Warriors" had been through to pick up papers and bottles and other detritus left behind by others.

There are a lot of us who owe Wally and his school a debt of gratitude for our kids and ourselves - far more than can be expressed in this short letter. Thanks just seems so inadequate, but thanks Wally.

All the best as you go forward.

Richard W. Sams

Waterdown

Martial arts closure tears at downtown fabric

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

On December 23, Waterdown lost another piece of the fabric that made this town so special.

Waterdown Martial Arts Academy, also known as Kid'Smart'l Arts, closed its doors. As its "Sa Bohm Nim," Wally Cassell, said at a farewell party, "It's not the 400 students who passed through the doors since March 2000, it was all of the others who never got to know us."

If you knew about the school, you knew that it wasn't about macho guys beating on each other and it wasn't about making tons of money in a fancy trs chic dojang.

It was about kids learning to respect themselves and others.

It was about families.

It was about each student, young and old, achieving their personal best physically and, in a way, spiritually.

It was always a wonder to watch Wally take a class of 20 kids, some with ADHD and other emotional problems, and get them to focus on controlling their emotions and bodies to perform complex martial arts patterns - in unison!

Wally taught the kids about being responsible; Memorial Park and Sealey Park never looked as good as they did after Wally's "Garbage Warriors" had been through to pick up papers and bottles and other detritus left behind by others.

There are a lot of us who owe Wally and his school a debt of gratitude for our kids and ourselves - far more than can be expressed in this short letter. Thanks just seems so inadequate, but thanks Wally.

All the best as you go forward.

Richard W. Sams

Waterdown