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    Why father of a special-needs child learned kung fu

    Why father of a special-needs child learned kung fu

    By PAT MICHAELS
    AROUND THE TWO TOWNS

    Newport Beach attorney Dan Anderson has become a kung fu expert.

    Is that to better handle his legal opponents? [color]Naw.[/color] Dan's an expert at a rare form of kung fu called wing chun.

    Dan is the father of a special-needs child. And he wants to make legal representation of those with special-needs or elder-care services a legal specialty. He feels his personal knowledge of caregiving for those struggling with such problems has made him qualified to help others facing similar ordeals.

    But where does the kung fu come in? Anderson has studied it for years and is currently one of only three certified wing chun instructors in California.

    Wing chun is a defensive form of kung fu. Anderson says it can be a lifesaver for caregivers of those with special needs.

    "Many developmentally disabled people are prone to physical outbursts, and caregivers are unintentionally injured," he says. "Wing chun is an excellent way for those caregivers to redirect blows from those unexpected or sporadic physical movements without causing pain or injury."

    But, in addition to learning ways to keep from being injured, most special-needs caregivers face unique legal problems. In representing some of those people, Anderson says, he doesn't necessarily brag about his kung fu expertise.

    But, he indicates, it doesn't hurt if some of his opposing lawyers know he's an expert at leveling his opponents with his skill at martial arts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PizDoff
    Why father of a special-needs child learned kung fu


    "Many developmentally disabled people are prone to physical outbursts, and caregivers are unintentionally injured," he says. "Wing chun is an excellent way for those caregivers to redirect blows from those unexpected or sporadic physical movements without causing pain or injury."
    Tru dat. My father was a councillor at a residential facility for the mentally retarded, and after several assaults by residents, they finally started offering benevolent control training. It was a lot of wrist locks, arm locks, and the like. There is nothing like a 40 year old, 300 pound child throwing a tantrum to do some damage!

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