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Mr. Gascon & child reading at Griffin's Martial Arts

What do martial arts and reading have in common? They both empower a person to be smarter, stronger, more confident. So what better place to promote reading than in a martial arts dojo/dojang?

Sensei Sean Griffin of Griffin’s Martial Arts in North Fort Myers, Florida has been promoting reading in his dojang and recently shared some photos of men reading with kids and older kids reading with younger kids. Check our FlickR page to see all the pictures.

We commend Sensei Griffin for his efforts. We’d love to see other dojos/dojangs rise to the challenge and encourage more men to read with kids. If your dojo is reading with kids, let us know about it by sharing your story here.

If you need some help to get started, here are a couple of lists of martial arts-related books that your dojo students might enjoy.

Gamsahabnida, Sensei Griffin!

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Welcome to Real Men Read with Kids! The goal is simple – to build a community of readers, one man at a time.  Kids – especially boys – need to see men reading. To develop a love for reading and a belief in reading as a valuable tool for learning, growing, enjoying life, and becoming a capable, empowered adult, kids need role models. And they especially need to see men as reading role models.

Whether you’re a dad, a grandpa, an uncle, a cousin, a teacher, a fireman, a doctor, a carpenter, a sensei, a minister, a biologist, a garbage truck driver or any caring adult man – you can show kids the joy and value of reading.

So here’s your chance! Be a real man. Grab a newspaper, a magazine, a book, a how-to manual, a laptop, an iPad, an iPod, an audiobook – anything you can read from or with – and then read it or listen to it with a kid.

Read with them, read to them, read beside them while they read something else, read while they play. Read silently, read aloud, read along, but mostly just read – be that role model. Be that real man! Five minutes a day can change a kid’s life forever!