Ten students are reaping the benefits of practicing martial arts, thanks to local sponsors of the Purple Dragon Martial Arts scholarship program.
One of the students has taken part in the program for three years with a scholarship from REMAX Cayman Islands, which recently donated $1,250 to the student.
“This student has excelled and has recently just received his blue belt at grading,” said Sensei Floyd Baptiste of Purple Dragon.
The student was chosen as the first scholarship recipient of the program after winning an essay competition titled: “I want to be a Purple Dragon Warrior because …” three years ago.
According to Mr. Baptiste, roughly $1,000 will cover one student per year and the funds “help maintain their membership, and uniforms, and fees for examinations.”
Martial arts programs offer psychological and physical benefits.
“Purple Dragon martial arts builds determination to overcome challenges and give students the skills necessary to have the confidence to stand up for what they believe in,” Mr. Baptiste said.
He added, “Purple Dragon Martial Arts Program has helped children and people from all walks of life enhance their quality of life through self discovery … Students are encouraged to push past perceived physical limits and surpass themselves on the dojo (training) floor. Then they are asked to translate the confidence gained from their accomplishment to other aspects of their lives, such as their academics and social life.”
The program has evolved over the past three years, Mr. Baptiste said. “We realized that there are a lot of kids that can benefit with the education and discipline that the program offers.”
REMAX broker/owner James Bovell said the company is happy to continue its commitment to the Purple Dragon scholarship.
“We are so pleased with the progress that this student is making. Now 10 years old, he is able to use the skills learned in class in his personal life and at school,” Mr. Bovell said. “It is programs such as this that provide the opportunity to children to participate in activities that their family would otherwise not have the financial means to do so.”