He's made it his mission to teach others his special ability--those that might never have had a chance to learn karate without him. That is why Braden is this month's People Helping People, Jr. winner.
Braden just finished the 8th grade today at Canyon Junior High School. He has been taking karate for three years at West Texas Karate in Canyon, under the direction of Renshi Guyle Corley. In one week, he will go to the International Alliance headquarters in Oak Grove, Missouri, to test for his black belt.
Braden chose to teach karate last summer at Advo because he enjoys working with individuals with special needs, and he thought it would be fun for them to try karate. He says karate helps them to be physically active, boosts their self-esteem and helps them feel really good about themselves. He teaches two separate classes, twice a week, all summer.
Braden says teaching karate at Advo gives him a chance to learn more than anyone.
"It teaches a lot about all kinds of people, what it takes to be a leader, and how awesome people with special needs are." Braden said. "They are some of the best people I have ever met. They are incredibly kind, fun and great learners. Spending time with them is one of my favorite things to do!"
Braden starts teaching them again next week.