I teach a Martial Arts program called Conquer the Dragon, which has been designed to help youth who are experiencing behavioral and cognitive problems that tend to be caused by learning difficulties. This program is geared for students with a wide range of learning disabilities, such as Autism- Dyslexia- ADHD- OCD. My clientele is characterized by youth who have been unsuccessful in the mainstream educational system, and come to me looking for an alternative program to meet their needs. For the past 15 years, I have provided a unique program for my students, that has had a notable positive impact on their self-esteem, emotional self regulation, and ability to focus. The change in the students under my guidance has been remarkable and many of them have used these new found skills and attributes to enable them to transition successfully back into the regular school system. Winning this award could give me more recognition in the field of education for youth with special needs.