Martial arts partnership with Indian Colony strengthens families

Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 3:46 PM PDT
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have partnered to bring programming to families belonging to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

The program began in 2017, and since its inception has grown from four participants to 40.

"It's the epitome of a win-win situation," Stacey Montooth, of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, says. "They're bettering themselves mentally and physically and that is in perfect keeping with the colony's mission."

Dinae Gullickson is part-owner of High Sierra and says the partnership has been a huge success.

"We're into health and fitness and structure and that's something that the families really needed, and really to bring the families together and teach them fitness and safety," Gullikson says.

The program comes at no cost to the families. Kim Pacheco comes to the class with her two daughters, Gracie and Hannah. Pacheco says she's noticed a big improvement in their relationship.

"Now they listen and they're better than they used to be, and plus we get to do an activity together where we're both gaining confidence," Pacheco says.

Concepts of respect and responsibility are also applied at home.

"They respect me at home because of Master Scott and the things that he teaches," Pacheco says. "It's very implementable at home."