This Karate Instructor Is Teaching Sick Kids Much More Than Martial Arts

Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg has found a unique way to help sick kids regain power and fight back against their illnesses.

Rabbi G, as the children call him, founded the non-profit organization Kids Kicking Cancer in June of 1999, according to the Kids Kicking Cancer website. The Rabbi, who holds a First Degree Black Belt in Choi Kwon Do, understands the heartbreak of childhood illness. He lost his first child, Sara, to leukemia at the age of two.

After working at a camp for sick children for 12 years, the Rabbi from Southfield, Michigan was inspired to teach children meditation and breathing techniques to help them better face the pain of their medical treatments, CNN reported. He decided to combine these techniques with a martial arts program for kids.

So many children love martial arts because they want to feel powerful,” Rabbi G says in the video below. “Especially when they’re in a situation where they feel anything but powerful.”

The non-profit provides weekly classes for children in the mind-body techniques found in the martial arts, support during hospital procedures and transportation to and from classes at no cost to the families, according to the website. The mission is to ease pain and simultaneously empower children to heal physically, spiritually and emotionally.

“In martial arts, you learn that pain is a message that you don’t have to listen to,” he told CNN. “That lesson is so unbelievably effective.”

See Rabbi G and his karate kids in action in the video below:  

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