SKIES the Limit: FMWR CYS programs are designed to excite, inspire

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii I.M. Kang, grand master of Unified Taekwondo of Hawaii, oversees the SKIES Unlimited tae kwon do programs at both Schofield Barracks and Aliamanu Military Reservation.  The marshall arts instructor first began teaching 52 years ago at the age of 18 and oversees classes ranging from beginner to advanced tae kwon do.

Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
I.M. Kang, grand master of Unified Taekwondo of Hawaii, oversees the SKIES Unlimited tae kwon do programs at both Schofield Barracks and Aliamanu Military Reservation. The marshall arts instructor first began teaching 52 years ago at the age of 18 and oversees classes ranging from beginner to advanced tae kwon do.

 

Lynsey Beth Futa
Contributing Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii SKIES (Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, and Skills) Unlimited Program, now in it’s 11th year, continues to radiate participation and excitement with a variety of programs that encourages movement of the mind and body.

Staffed and operated under the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Child Youth and School Services the programs are open to every child registered as a member of CYSS and offer varied programs ranging from “Dance Babies in Motion” to drivers education.

With classes and activities 11 months out of the year, parents can keep their kids busy while lessening their own busy lives.

SKIES expands horizons
Schofield Barracks and Aliamanu Military Reservation (AMR) offer classes to kids from the ages of 6 months to 18 years, and classes include various activities such as hula and taekwondo. The USAG-HI program is one of the largest in the Army.

SKIES Unlimited tae kwon do intermediate level class members  open their session Tuesday with stretching and motion exercises.

SKIES Unlimited tae kwon do intermediate level class members open their session Tuesday with stretching and motion exercises.

On a typical Tuesday afternoon at the open and airy Schofield SKIES studio facility I.M. Kang, grand master of Unified Taekwondo of Hawaii, and supervisor of the intermediate class, watched as his young protégé’s opened their class with stretching and motion exercises.

The purpose of the classes, Kang said, is to provide the young people a ‘short form of life.’

“We set them up with goals,” said Kang, who began teaching 52 years ago when he was 18 years old. “We teach them to never give up.”

“He’s really good (Kang),” said mother Cathy Parker an Army spouse who waited outside the studio while the late afternoon class continued. “The children always respond and never act up. They respect him.”

Parker watched through the floor-to-ceiling windows that lined the studio, along with the family’s six-month-old Labrador Retriever while eight year old son Jack Parker, prepared for an upcoming junior black belt test.

The program, she said, fits the family’s lifestyle. Son Jack has participated for two and a half years.

“This is easy to use,” Parker said. “We sign up monthly and go twice a week— which is good.”

Defining SKIES
This program allows kids to “expand their knowledge, be inspired, explore,and acquire skills,” as SKIES Unlimited pledges on their website.

Young SKIES Unlimited dancers dazzle parents and onlookers with their ballet form during the 2014 Family Fun Fest public performance on Weyand Field, recently.

Young SKIES Unlimited dancers dazzle parents and onlookers with their ballet form during the 2014 Family Fun Fest public performance on Weyand Field, recently.

Kristine Yasuda, CYS Instructional Program Specialist for SKIES, exemplifies the heart of the program, reiterating the importance of creating a fun outlet for kids and their families in the Army community by offering dance, martial arts, theatre and music.

Each class is designed to raise energy, create fun and increase learning. Yasuda explains that SKIES encourages families to start their kids in the program at a younger age by offering classes such as “Mini Mozart,” seeing that kids absorb the most before they are teenagers.

With hopes of continuing to expand worldwide, SKIES promises to instill “the same core values and good morale army-wide,” Yasuda said.

Designed for military families
SKIES is not only a learning playground, but is also a consistent beacon for relocated servicemember families.

For the parents that want to enjoy some time with their kids “Kinder Jam” is a perfect class to take. Kids from 1-years-old to 6-years-old bring their parents with them to a class of dancing, singing and learning. Under instructor, Tamara Jenkins, “Kinder Jam” is a hoot with silly educational songs and lots of laughter.

When SKIES’ classes are in session, the goal is smiling kids and happy parents.

When asked what is the most rewarding part about being affiliated with the SKIES program at Schofield and Aliamanu, Yasuda replied, “Inadvertently watching kids grow and develop you see how proud they are to be apart of something.”

Keiki enrolled in the SKIES Unlimited Program throw a group "shaka" after performing a Tahitian dance number at the 2014 Family Fun Fest on Weyand Field, recently.

Keiki enrolled in the SKIES Unlimited Program throw a group “shaka” after performing a Tahitian dance number at the 2014 Family Fun Fest on Weyand Field, recently.

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USAG-HI SKIES
Classes are held at the CYSS building at Schofield Barracks and also at Aliamanu Military Reservation in the old AMR Library.

For information call 808-655-5314 (SB) or 808-833-5393 (AMR) and visit www.himwr.com/skies.

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