CPSC kids get kick out of Swiss karate champ’s visit


Swiss national karate team member Sandro Massarotti made a stopover in Pattaya to offer martial arts lessons to former street kids now being cared for at the new Child Protection Skills Center.

Massarotti, in Thailand after competing in Indonesia, called on CPSC Director Palisorn Noja to offer training for a week. The children were enthusiastic and were brought closer by the short training sessions on the philosophy and basic values of the sport.

Sandro Massarotti pose for a photo with the kids after his performance.Sandro Massarotti pose for a photo with the kids after his performance.

“It’s nice to work with children and see how they develop,” Massarotti said. “I’ll certainly return to Thailand. I like the nice weather, the friendliness of the people and the good food.”

The karate champ also works in Ethiopia for a street children’s home. He sees the sport as a bridge between people, regardless of race or origin.

Massarotti also celebrated his birthday with the kids, who decorated the center with balloons for their teacher. He delighted them with another show of his marital arts excellence.