Kaidhyn has Hemiplegia and is Competing in the FSKA Karate World Championship

child with hemiplegia and karate -on-planeSeven year old Kaidhyn Stockdale will represent the city of Owensboro, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the United States of America at the 2012 Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association (FSKA) World Karate Championships in Denver, Colorado this weekend.  Kaidhyn is a competitive participant in this event and has never let his diagnosis of hemiplegia (weakness on one side of the body) keep him from participating fully in both karate and in life. Kaidhyn’s selection to participate in the 2012 FSKA World Karate Championships was based on several factors including: athletic ability, academic standing and leadership skills. Since this is a World championship tournament Kaidhyn will also have the opportunity to interact with other karate students his own age from around the world.childhood hemiplegia and karate - suitcase

Kaidhyn and his family have been members of the The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association family since Kaidhyn was less than one year old. He attended the CHASA Family Retreat with his grandmother when he was just a baby and has returned to the retreat every year since then. We’ve watched Kaidhyn grow up into an amazing athlete and a friend to other children who have hemiplegia.

The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA), the CHASA mascot Kandu, and the families served by CHASA are extremely proud of Kaidhyn’s hard work and dedication to this sport and we wish him a fun-filled and successful event.

Go Kaidhyn!!childhood hemiplegia and karate - hat

Go here to find out how Kaidhyn did in the FSKA Karate World Championships.