Dark Guardian: About 10 years ago I wondered why no one had gone out to fight crime and help the needy like superheroes. I did some research and started going out to do safety patrols, help the needy, and take action in my community. People were comparing this to being a real life superhero. I have taught martial arts for around 14 years now. So now I am combining the ideas. Along with a fellow team member Jeremy “Spyder” Gallant, a Parkour instructor, we want to teach people the skills a person needs to physically and mentally be like a superhero in real life. Training and heroism changed my life and I want to share that with others.
Nerd: You mention teaching superhero ideals. What are those ideals in your opinion?
Dark Guardian: The ideals of a superhero I would say are morality, selflessness, courage, action, determination, and the list could go on for a while. I believe superheroes can teach us all something to help live our lives better.
Dark Guardian: We have curriculum to teach all these things. Nowadays we hear a lot about bullying, abductions, and kids fighting. We are going to teach kids the practical skills of how to deal with bullies, stand up for themselves and others, how to stay safe in bad situations, and how to calm down a potentially dangerous situation.
Dark Guardian: Character development and the skills to help others are vital. We are going to use superheroes to be examples of some of the different topics and to make their learning fun. I want everyone we train to develop a heroic mindset and use that to improve their lives and others. This is the type of education all kids need.
Dark Guardian: We want them to be a hero in their everyday lives. We are trying to equip them with the physical and mental skills to be their best. We will have a lot fun with superheroes and all the different aspects of it. Past that is up to them.
Dark Guardian: The comics and movies are great entertainment, but we are bringing superheroes into reality in what we teach.
The more information I get on this project the more I respect Chris, Jeremy and the rest of their group. In this case nerd culture, in particular superheroes, can be used to create healthier more well-balanced kids who have the social skills to make a better world for themselves and the rest of us. By training their bodies they will be healthier and safer in a dangerous world. By training their minds they will become valued members of a society that respect each other, and try to help make their communities a better place. I personally hope that these guys reach their goal of $8000 before the deadline that is just about a month away. If my kids were younger, and I lived in Brooklyn they would certainly be in the first graduating class. I did come across one piece of information that may help these guys. A friend informed me about a place called The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, which is a perfect match for a Hero School in several ways. Not only do they sell supplies for the novice and professional hero, but in a “secret lair” in the back they have a learning center that is “dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write”. Two great companies, spreading the nerd culture the old-fashioned way! Thank you both, and good luck!