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Help your daughters protect themselves

6 Jan

If you have a young daughter, please read on for information about what I think is a very important opportunity.

DK Dance in the Village of Webster will host two one-hour self-defense classes this coming Friday evening, January 11.

The classes, which will be taught by black belt instructors from Matsunami Karate, will cover simple and effective self-defense techniques to help empower young women to feel strong and safe. Skills which will be taught include basic grab, strike and defense maneuvers, break-aways, defenses against attacks from front and behind, and defenses against chokes and grabs.

Two classes will be offered. The first, designed for girls ages 5 to 9, will be held from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Th following class, held from 7:30 to 8:30, is for girls ages 10 and up. Cost is $30 per participant (or $50 for an adult and child). All proceeds will support DK Dance’s Level 6 Performance Team. You can register here, and then bring payment the night of the class.

As a martial arts instructor myself, I know the importance of becoming familiar with a variety of self-defense techniques — and it’s especially important for girls and women to learn how to protect themselves. I highly encourage everyone who has a young daughter to consider attending this very worthwhile class.

DK Dance is located at 205 North Ave. in the Village of Webster. For more information about the school, visit their webpage here.

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Local karate school hits the ice with the Amerks

14 Dec

 

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Matsunami karate students Cristine Norton, RJ Barnard, Ryan Moorman, Pepper Parrinello,  and Rick Parrinello

Well, that headline  might be a bit misleading.

What actually happened, Monday night, is that a handful of students from Matsumani Karate in Webster performed a short demonstration of skills during the second intermission of the Amerks hockey game.

The demo took place right at center ice, on a large rug rolled out by the Amerks grounds-keepers (ice-keepers?). Matsunami co-owner Rick Parinello began the demo with a kata (form), and then for the next several minutes, played the part of a bully and allowed 10-year old purple belt RJ Barnard throw him to the ground several times.

Pretty hard, too. I’m sure Rick appreciated having the carpet.

Three other Matsunami representatives watched from the edge of the mat while the action took place.

It was a short but very impressive demonstration, judging from the loud applause from  the crowd when it was done.

In addition to these photos, you can access a video of the “bully” part of the demonstration by clicking here.  (At least I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to access it.)

(Full disclosure: this is the school where I teach.)

 

 

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