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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Scott Hood helps Luke Shinn, 13, during a martial arts class for children with special needs. Luke's dad, Randy Shinn, is left.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Scott Hood assists in Kristine and Ken Ducote's Special Forces class by leading warmups for Special Forces, a modified taekwondo class for children with special needs.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Colton Lee, 13, pays close attention to instruction in his martial arts class.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Luke Shinn, 13, works on blocking with Darbie Hood at the Black Dragon Martial Arts studio in Prairieville.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Colton Lee, 13, works through a punching exercise with Chelsey LeBlanc, an 11-year-old black belt student at Black Dragon Martial Arts studio, who assists the instructors.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Kristine Ducote, front left, guides students, from right counterclockwise, Colton Lee, 13; Luke Shinn, 13; Colton's mom Elizabeth Lee, and Luke's dad Randy Shinn through an exercise. Jill Espinosa, far left, helps with the class.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Kristine Ducote gives Colton Lee, 13, an encouraging fist bump after he completes a martial arts exercise.