Tallahassee's Karate Kid Excels Without The Ability to See

There are so many outlets for kids these days. They can play soccer, basketball, baseball, or even take up karate.

That's what one little man decided to do. Not because he wanted to learn self defense, but he did it because he wanted to fit. in.

3-2-1 Destroy

With a thrust of his right fist, Corbin Thornbury tears through a block of wood.

"I like breaking boards 100%"

It's part of his training as a yellow belt in Tiger Cubs. But more amazing than that is watching a kid this young strike the lumber with precision. It's even more impressive because Corbin can't see the board.

"He was born blind and has the ability to see light and darkness," said Corbin's mom Lottie, "But he's a braille reader so this is his world, it's what he knows."


And he knows how to have fun. The six year old is a two time medalist in Taekwando and one of the most popular kids in his class. He's also one of the most talented.

"One thing we used to do when he first started, his dad would be on the floor with him so that was how he could be his assistant instructor, but now Corbin wants to be independent," said Brad Fantle, Tallahassee Taekwondo Academy owner.

But despite his independence, Corbin's mom is always close by. The class doesn't work around Corbin, it works with him. A testament to a young man that just wants to fit in and be like everyone else.

"I think sometimes we realize the greater scope," said Lottie, "He can accomplish this as someone who isn't able to see as well as we can but he thinks its fun. He's a typical six year old boy in every other sense."

His parents love to watch Corbin in action, knowing that the sport has taught him morals and values to go along with self defense, and stranger awareness. It's also given him another outlet to express his youth and nothing can compare to the smile on Corbin's face when he tears into another board. A proud moment for the little man, and his mom.

"We try to bring the world to him because he can't see the world. So we let him have opportunities and then he decides to give it his full energy and go from there."

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  • by Lottie Location: Thornbury on May 7, 2010 at 06:03 PM
    We are so happy with the way that Lee Gordon and the WCTV crew captured our little guy doing something he loves! Mr. Fantle has done an amazing job of teaching and has such a high quality academy! Corbin has quite the ambition and we're excited to see him succeed in all areas of life! This video has been enjoyed by our family and friends all over the United States. Thank you so very much for helping to spread the message of children with ability and independence being an active and successful part of the world!
  • by MadisonVoice Location: Madison on Apr 29, 2010 at 02:59 AM
    You go Man!
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