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Advanced Karate

Yellow belts and up will enjoy a deeper study of karate, both in technique and philosophy during this class held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays from March 3 to April 14 at Palmer Elementary. Students will continue their traditional karate studies and be guided to explore new areas including human physiology and Chinese Healing Theory as they apply to health and self-defense. Traditional pressure point techniques will be taught with an emphasis on practical self-defense. Students will additionally cultivate compassion, open-mindedness and personal awareness through their studies and experiences. Classes are Shikaze Ryu affiliated.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art primarily practiced for its health benefits, will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from March 3 to April 14 at Palmer Elementary. Tai Chi is considered a soft style martial arts, though regular practice provides for an excellent low cardio, toning workout. Tai Chi emphasizes complete relaxation and is essentially taught as a form of meditation in motion. The mind becomes quiet as the body moves to rejuvenate and strengthen itself. Soft, slow, flowing and gentle movements build on the development of balance, coordination and strong energy flow.

Adult karate

This class will begin the journey to the heart of traditional Karate-Do. For those wishing to extend or expand current or past studies and beginners wishing to develop their physical and mental abilities, this program will instill and enhance basic through advanced concepts of martial training and the application of techniques. Studies will focus on the physics of movement, Chi (energy) manipulation and pressure point theory as they apply to health and self-defense. Students can also expect an introduction to Zen philosophy, as it relates to martial arts. Classes, held from 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays from Feb. 26 to April 30 at Palmer Elementary, will be small, focused and Shikaze Ryu affiliated.

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