Belinda and Randy Shinn were hoping to find a martial arts class for their 13-year-old son Luke, who has Down syndrome, when they got in touch with a taekwondo studio here.

“We just wanted to see if he could fit into the regular class, because he’s been interested forever,” Belinda said.

After talking to the Shinns, Ken Ducote, owner of the Black Dragon Martial Arts studio, and wife Kristine developed a new class: Special Forces. It’s specially designed for students ages 10 and up who have Down syndrome or an autism spectrum disorder.

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