“Jab, jab, cross; jab, jab, cross,” instructs Keith Hampton as a boy of about 10 years old hits Hampton’s padded hands.
Hampton, a Comanche Police Department criminal investigation sergeant, knows one way to help young people not go down the wrong path. It is to invest in them and teach them things like respect, discipline and honor. Two months ago, Hampton began volunteer teaching “Warrior Path,” a martial arts class for foster and other children.
On this particular Friday night, four students have been practicing their various moves like jabs, crosses, hooks and kicks. They have as many as 12 students.
When Hampton gets a moment to sit down and talk about the program, the students are working with each other on techniques. They had just finished a circuit training course, which included practicing different skills at different stations as they ran from one end of the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church fellowship hall to the other and back.
The students are tired, but still working hard. “Their parents told me to wear them out,” Hampton says with a laugh.
The program takes a lot of work, but it is well worth it to Hampton.
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