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Local Taekwondo Academy takes the classes to students’ front lawns

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Many businesses across Siouxland have closed their doors because of COVID-19. That includes Marshall's Taekwondo Academy in Sioux City.

But, just like many other businesses, they're finding ways to stay connected while keeping a distance.

"Anytime we can have an opportunity to have a little bit of regular life back again we need to take those chances," said Bryan Marshall, owner of Marshall's Taekwondo Academy.

During the past four weeks, Bryan Marshall has been posting workouts, two to three times a week to their Facebook page.

But, Wednesday night, he decided to mix things up with Front Yard Forms.

"From the street, they would get to do a little practicing and I would get to do some critiquing, but most of all, just to see them," said Marshall. "They're such a part of my life and I spend hours with them each week and just to be able to see their smiling faces and know that they are doing ok."

He said he got the idea from his wife, after many teachers in the area put on parades to see their students.

So for about six hours, they drove around to different areas of town where his students live.

"The parents were ecstatic," Marshall said. "The kids smiles on their faces, the joy. You know this situation is tough for all of us, kids especially."

To give them a little normalcy, Marshall spent about 10 minutes at each place teaching moves and talked with his students from a distance.

"This is tough on all of us and I think the mental part of it is probably one of the biggest struggles," Marshall said. "So I think having some type of physical activity, working on that physical health really goes a long way toward our mental health and helping us get through this."

Marshall said he plans on doing these "Front Yard Forms" on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the foreseeable future.

If you'd like to take part in Front Yard Forms, Marshall said he will post when he will be out and about, on their Facebook page. Parents just need to send him a message.

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Michaela Feldmann

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