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Martial Arts America in Hicksville, in affiliation with Black Belt School International - a leader in martial arts training schools with over 800 locations across the country, is taking action this January as it is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month and will host free martial arts workshops every Saturday this month for children and adults.

In addition to helping participants become better able to defend themselves and get in better shape along the way, Martial Arts America is committed to help fight the growing problem of child abductions. According to www.lostchildren.org, 1,000 children are missing or abducted every day. Martial Arts America is showing kids and adults there is a fun alternative way to stay safe, be alert, and how to conduct themselves in any threatening situation.

Through physical discipline not only will individuals feel better, they will learn how to take care of their bodies.

"We want to teach people to be aware of their surroundings and show them how to protect themselves to get away from potentially dangerous conditions," stated Mike Donohue, owner and senior instructor of the Hicksville-based Martial Arts America. "Our workshop is a great way for beginners to learn the basics of self-defense." In the free workshops, participants will learn the basic moves from the four effective disciplines in self-defense that Martial Arts America teaches:

• Tae Kwon Do (traditional Martial Arts)

• Kickboxing (techniques used in all ranges of self-defense)

• Hapkido Grappling (defensive moves from the ground)

• Fitness (to keep the students healthy)

Each student will leave the workshop with increased strength, conditioning and confidence. Students of martial arts programs typically improve their self-confidence, attitude, and self-esteem, giving them a better outlook on life.

By teaching children how to protect themselves, Martial Arts America hopes to help significantly decrease the number of abductions each year.

Anyone looking to participate should call Martial Arts America in Hicksville at 932-5275.


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