Powerful Futures Inc. is proud to be associated with community minded businesses who are helping us bring the iKiFit Safe Respectful Learners program to more families, schools and communities. Click here to see a list of our sponsors and hear what they have to say.
We are grateful you share our mission to help schools, families and communities spread the values that sustain strong societies: of responsibility, teamwork, respect of learning and honest achievement.Your support helps us with our goal to bring the program to a majority of schools and child care centres in Australia. Helping us all to become more engaged community members, empowered leaders and happy health strong citizens.
Kim started university as a directionless teenager in 1973. Gaining entry to the University of New England by the skin of his teeth, he commenced with the intention of studying Arts/Law but by the beginning of his second year was struggling. Too much partying and not enough direction were proving a poor combination.
After witnessing a Tae-Kwon Do demonstration on the lawn of the UNE Union at the beginning of 1974 he tried a class and found it appealing, challenging and satisfying. He began to look at his life from a different perspective. When, after only 20 months the club lost its’ instructor, Kim was faced with a choice. Step in as a teacher or watch the club fold.
Within months he changed his focus from law to education. He had new found confidence, positive goals, a reason to eat well, go to lectures and engage with life in a constructive way.
Kim went on to build a successful TKD club at UNE and achieved his Black Belt just after Graduating with a BA and Dip Ed. In 1977
From the beginning of his professional teaching career, he was struck by the twin challenges of successfully engaging students in the process of learning and implementing effective behaviour management strategies in his classes.
"In some schools I spent a large part of my energy managing the behaviour of a small minority of students, - and in my fitness business I found that many people who wanted to be active and learn new skills were intimidated by programs that demanded a high level of skill to even commence. Many found it too hard - or too scary - to get to the point where they felt confident - and so, dropped out"
Kim realised that many people have limited opportunity to learn physical skills from a young age. "I had the benefit of growing up on a farm and was physically strong and confident as a result. Many however, don’t have that advantage. And in our hi tech world they don't encounter the physical world of chopping wood, digging holes, fishing, shooting bows and arrows, running, riding - or just playing with a stick and creating a game with their imagination;- The result is that up to 70% of kids today lack well developed fundamental movement skills"
But how to engage them in activities that would set them on a lifelong pathway of healthy life skills and choices?
On September 17th 1987, an idea struck! "Give a kid a stick and they know instinctively what to do with it; prod, swing, lever, imagine, play and learn.
It took the next ten years to build the iKiSticks and another five to create the iKi Music but when they were put together Kim realised he had created something that could change lives.
Over the years as he built the physical components of the program, Kim thought about the things that had cemented his attraction to TKD. They were the same things that make so many sports and hobby clubs so powerfully positive. The Values. The sense of community and belonging, honesty and courtesy, of mutual respect and learning with and looking after your friends, sharing family and community connection.
So, in the early 2000s the iKi Rulz, the Pledge and leadership components were added to the classes - and students responded on a whole new level.
The iKiFit Safe Respectful Learners program was launched in 2003. A truly unique physical activity program that gets people of all ages excited about learning and healthy lifestyle. With content for beginner to advanced levels it is combined with a leadership program that turns senior students into leaders and helps build happy healthy strong futures.
Since 2003 we have been developing our delivery methods, “road testing” and improving the program in a variety of schools and community locations, accrediting the Teacher Training and evaluating its’ effectiveness. For the past 12 years iKiFit has built relationships with business, government and health and education providers.
The iKiFit Safe Respectful Learners program is a part of communities from Tibooburra, Bourke and Lightning Ridge in the far north and west of NSW, through Trangie, Dubbo, Parkes and Wellington in the Central West, to locations in the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney, the North and South Coasts, the Riverina and into Victoria.
Several schools, in conjunction with Charles Sturt University and GWAHS have assisted with evaluating the program. These evaluations show the program improves student attendance, improves social and school engagement, increases participation in and appreciation of physical activity and healthy eating and enhances development of leadership skills.
Currently, up to 4000 school students participate in iKiFit activities in classrooms via Online and face to face delivery. Many more schools are keen to become involved if assistance is available, This is where your contribution can help: to assist with the cost of delivering initial training and equipment to child care centres, health care facilities and schools Australia wide.
If you would like to help, please go to our Get Onboard
page to pledge your support and one of our team members will be in touch to find out where you would like your pledge allocated. Alternatively, for more information, click here
to download our Sponsor Proposal.