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Gabe Holden - Asperger's Testimony

Posted: April 30, 2019

Gabe Holden who is now 17 years old is a Great nephew to his Aunt Connie, and a cousin to Robin. Gabe came to live with us in 2016 after his grandma who was raising him passed from liver cancer. Gabe was born with Asperger's, a developmental disorder characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication. Gabe has been in Taekwondo for a little over a year now.

Champions Martial Arts, Master Dillow, and all of the Instructors have been so good with Gabe. Gabe really looks up to them, being that he's  never had any strong male role models in his life. When Gabe came to live with us he was very quiet, and didn't  have a SELF. He had very low grades in school, he didn't  like to be touched or have  people in his space. Gabe didn't understand how to socially interact with others. Over the years since he came to live with us we have struggled to help him. It was new to us, as it was new for him. We slowly came about, and things started to change for the better.

We put Gabe into Taekwondo in order to open up his thinking, open him up to the world out there, to help him learn about himself, and others. Taekwondo has been a blessing to Gabe, and to us as a family. Since Gabe has been in Taekwondo his school grades have gone from C's and D's to mostly A's and B's. We are seeing his hard work in Taekwondo transfer to his school learning, and school work. He has found his inner voice and speaks up for himself, and also asks questions. Gabe has found his smile, and is learning wonderful social skills with Taekwondo. He has opened up and grown so much. His touching and space issues have become almost non-existent. 

Gabe plans to earn his black belt, and is a camo belt right now. He is so excited. He will tell anyone that Taekwondo is the best thing that has ever happened to him! When Gabe graduates, he wants to attend college to be a engineer. We are thankful to Champions Martial Arts for their encouragement, hard work, and support. They have helped light that fire for life within Gabe to develop and grow into his full potential.