Veteran Relief Fund Project and Hapkido
Veteran Relief Fund Project is a free martial arts program which is open to all military veterans. Their families and friends are welcome to join it for a small fee, which is always donated to veterans charities.
They offer a multi-discipline class built around the Korean martial art of Hapkido. Hapkido focuses on such skills as punching, kicking, throwing, and joint locks, and also involves weapons combat. It emphasizes moves applying circular motions and usually does not involve forms or patterns like its fellow Korean martial art, Taekwondo.
The classes are taught by Holmes and Bruce Andresen, who manages Elkhart Martial Arts, who explained why he was so keen to get involved.
“We need to help our veterans all we can,” he said. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our service people. This is a way of helping to pay back that debt of honor.”
The classes at Veteran Relief Fund Project offer participants the chance to advance through the ranks. But they focus on veterans who are suffering significant physical or mental traumas as a result of their military service. These include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), brain injuries, and many other disabilities.
“Veteran Relief Fund Project for veterans is to help build confidence and control, belong to a team and take control of their physical training,” Holmes explained. “[It also helps participants] learn how to control their emotions, thoughts and have pride in themselves.”
The classes have already proved popular with local veterans. Regulars can already pay testament to the benefits they have gained from taking part.