It's really great to see the adaptations that were made each week based on the types of disabilities the participants had. There was a learning curve on both sides which makes for a great environment. Everyone learned a lot.
Sometimes sustaining an injury that decreases your mobility can lead to not feeling safe, or able to protect yourself or your family. It's important for us to be able to offer some strategies and techniques that can be used by anyone to help protect themselves, and V-MAT brings that to the table. It helps people to feel more safe and confident in going out or being alone, no matter what their situation may be.
It was amazing to be able to work with the V-MAT staff to help teach my daughters self defense. These are things that I wish I could still do on my own safely. It's important for them to learn and I'm happy we got to do that together.
From the moment I met the V-MAT Martial Arts instructors, you could tell they were passionate about teaching soldiers what they have learned in all their years of practicing this form of physical and mental art. Every moment was time well spent. The instructors are skilled and provide excellent content that will kick your skills up to the next level. They have heart and soul like no other. I cannot thank them enough for what they do for soldiers and veterans of the United States Military.
What an amazing group of intelligent, kind, and deadly men. The amount of knowledge I took away from a two hour session made me want nothing more than to see what they could teach in a three hour session. My group had an amazing time and I now feel safer after leaving with what V-MAT has taught me. I look forward to my next session.
Scott Lombardo, the Founder of V-MAT has volunteered for several years teaching martial arts classes for Krempels Center members, all of whom are survivors of an acquired brain injury. Individuals who have significant physical, communication and cognitive challenges benefit from his focus on the mind-body connection through guided visualization. Scott embodies what he teaches – physical, mental, and spiritual health through the art of karate. He develops immediate rapport with program participants, and works to further deepen the relationships each time he works with members. These relationships and activities during the classes have led our members to find their strengths, feel a sense of empowerment, embrace respect for themselves and others, and most importantly build a new post-injury identity.