VAN ORIN – The Christian self-defense academy, known as Breakout! Van Orin recently formed a demo team to help spread an anti-bullying message to young people.
Breakout! Van Orin is a unique martial arts school that focuses on Biblical character training. Students meet weekly at the Van Orin Gospel Church to memorize Bible verses and recite the aims, student oath and tenets of Tae Kwon Do.
Pastor Jeffery Patrick explained as students progress to higher ranks, they gain more confidence in their ability to defend themselves and also learn about the love of God.
“It is the hope of this ministry that our students will never have to use Tae Kwon Do to defend themselves, but in the unfortunate case they do, they will be prepared to do so,” he said.
The new demo team will be traveling to schools, churches and civic groups to present a fun and upbeat anti-bullying message.
The team performs choreographed self-defense skits, breaking of boards and bricks and specialized forms and sequences of techniques designed to highlight the basics of Tae Kwon Do. The skit includes a lot of flying and spinning kicks all done to heart-pounding music.
Breakout! Van Orin is led by Som-Dan Christian Schaffer of Wyanet. His favorite part about teaching is getting to see students’ skills grow over time.
“Some may know a little martial arts beforehand, but just watching how they grow and develop themselves through the martial arts and through the Lord and through the ministry,” he said.
The academy attracts students from places all over, including LaMoille, Mendota, West Brooklyn, Ohio and Van Orin.
Patrick said having a Christian self-defense/martial arts program in the church allows the sharing of the gospel in a unique manner while offering quality martial arts instruction at a fraction of the cost of a secular school.
“Because we are not in the business of making money, our fees are low, and we even have a family maximum to encourage families to take Tae Kwon Do together,” he said. “Breakout! Van Orin is about families and strengthening the relationship between children and parents. Tae Kwon Do is a vehicle to do this.”
Patrick is a member of the demo team alongside his three children — Scott, a senior; Lindsey, a junior and Joseph, a freshman, all at LaMoille High School.
The three students all admit Breakout! Van Orin is a fun, active program to take part in. While Scott said his favorite thing about class is getting to challenge himself with brick and board breaking, Lindsey said she stays motivated to do well in order to keep up with her brothers. Joseph said one of the most important lessons to learn is self defense.
“Self defense is a common everyday situation. You can either do nothing or protect yourself,” he said.
Doug Harper, who is a fifth-grader at Ohio Grade School, said he enjoys just coming to class to hang out with friends and have fun.
When the demo team performs in schools, the presentation is modified to address character qualities. The demo team is available to visit any church, school or civic group to perform their anti-bullying message. If interested in contacting the demo team, call 815-638-2552.
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