Junior Anthony Sandoval kicks a pad held by fellow junior Alex Degner.
Jonathan Patino still remembers how he felt when someone broke into his family's home and robbed them. Though he was only 10 years old, he felt useless and scared for himself, his mother and younger brother, and he wished there was something he could have done to stop the intruder.
When he started high school at D.C. Everest Senior High School, Patino heard about a self-defense martial arts class he could take for physical education credits.
"I was always interested in martial arts, and I knew I had to find some kind of outlet to control the anger I felt from (the robbery) and defend myself in the ...