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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by twizzle, Apr 22, 2010.

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  1. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

    I like to think this forum is a great community.We help each other for technical stuff, but we also help out for other reasons. I'd like help now to spread some hope around.

    This link is for a local story about a little girl age 6 who contrated Meningitis. She goes to the same Infant school as my daughter went to (her brother is in my daughters year in juniors) and she also attends the same Jujitsu Dojo as my son, even if he is in the higher class.


    Now on top of that i received an email from my sons Jujitsu Soke about an article that was spread to the US clubs, they have been involved in teh Help the Heros charity, but this story is closer to home for teh club as seen below.

    Dear parents, friends and students of Ishin Ryu,

    This moving story of our young Norfolk based student Victoria has been circulated around the world courtesy of our extended Ishin Ryu family in the United States under the direction of Dr. Crimi Hanshi and so I thought I would share Victoria’s story with you in case you were unaware of this brave little girl’s story and what an inspiration she has become to so many of our children within our organisation.

    Kindest regards,

    Kevin Pell Hanshi

    Founder and chief instructor Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu.



    I found this story to be so inspiring I felt I had to share it with all of you. This story comes from Renshi Trevor who is a dear friend of mine in England and a student and teacher of Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu under Grandmaster Kevin Pell, who most of you will remember from his seminar in California last October.

    Renshi Trevor was going to come over last year but could not pull it off due to other commitments. I wish you could have met this man, because in my humble opinion he truly is a wonderful Martial Artist, a wonderful man and a great teacher!

    With that said, this is Victoria's Story a tiny Jitsu-ka with a huge spirit!

    Submitted by Renshi Trevor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to share with you all a story about victoria watson, a student of mine that recently achieved her first belt in ishin Ryu.

    Victoria started training with me in Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu back in August 2009 and was a little shy but was a very active student who always really enjoyed her lessons.

    On the 31st October on a Monday night at the start of the infant class, her parents walked in looking very upset and her dad found it hard to talk to me. When they said that Victoria was rushed into hospital and was fighting for her life with an aggressive strain of meningitis, I was completed shocked and saddened as i remembered only last week she was running around my mats having fun.

    Over the next weeks i kept in close contact with them to see how she was doing, as i felt very concerned as i have two young children of my own.
    As a parent i felt for what they were going though and i wanted to help them as much as i could.
    During a phone call to her parents i was told that there was a possibly that she would lose her hands and legs, and they were fighting to try and save them and her life was still in danger. I prayed for her and her family and hope that they could do everything they could to help her.

    Over the next few weeks she started to show improvement and was fighting back and when i was told that they had saved her hands but unfortunately her legs were starting to poison her so they had to amputate the legs from the knee down to save her.

    At first i was very sad but at least she was still alive and was getting better. When she first came round from the operation the first she asked was can she go back to Ishin Ryu when she got out of hospital? That made me feel so happy and that she was a fighter and determined to reach her goal.

    The first time i went to she her she was very quite and was fighting a virus, she wasn’t the same Victoria that i knew a few months before. I held her hand and told her to keep on fighting and not to give up. It was hard to see her like that and i felt very emotional and needed to give my kids a big cuddle when i got home. When i left i was told by the parents that she was so happy to see me and told everyone that her instructor had come to see her.

    As she was still poorly and her legs were still healing she was going to have to spend Christmas in hospital with her parents living in flats nearby. A few days before Christmas i visited her and took her and her brothers some Christmas presents and to wish them all a very happy Christmas. I felt so proud of her and all the courage that she had shown that i wanted to give her some presents to show what a wonderful student she was.

    I kept in close contact with the family to see how she was doing over the next few weeks, and was told that she would be out of hospital very soon which was fantastic news to hear.
    The following Monday as i was about to start the lesson the door opened and Victoria came in on her wheelchair dressed in her Ishin Ryu Gi and had a big smile on her face.
    I was so happy and amazed to see her as she came closer to the mats; i jokingly said to her are you coming onto the mats. And without hesitation she reached out with her hands for me to pick her up and i took her in my arms onto the mats.

    All of the students were very quite at first, so i sat down with Victoria and told the rest of the class what had happened. As soon as we started the lesson with a game the students thought nothing of it and got on with the game. Victoria just went around on her hands and knees and did what she could with determination and adapted the techniques to suit her.

    It was a very emotional evening to see Victoria back on the mats having fun and giving it 100%. There were many times that i could have shed a tear or two, and to see how proud her parents were to see her back on the mats. All the parents were so amazed at what they were witnessing and it brought home that when ever i had a sore arm or a headache it was nothing compared to what Victoria had achieved since her return.

    so whenever you are having a bad day or feeling a bit run down think about what victoria has had to go through over the last five months!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We are going to start a funding event to buy her state of the art legs so i will let you know when it starts. life can never be that bad!!!!!!!!!!

    Trevor Steward Renshi MGRY MIMAS

    National coach, children’s training and development

    Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu


    So please help pread the hope to others, if a six year old can carry on despite a crippling illness, then you can get through naything with a little help, support and some hope.

    (no apologies for teh length of this post, i felt teh full story was needed)
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  2. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

    Great determination.

    ps. the*:biggrin
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2010
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  3. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

    yeah i know i can spell it just cant type it! type too fast and always miss correcting it.

    But that dont take away from the message
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  4. MLP

    MLP Kilobyte Poster


    Very inspiring story. That little girl will go far!

    Thanks for sharing

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  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Excellent, great spirit :)

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  6. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    Very moving story indeed.
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