Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00
A community’s life is generated by small business owners. These are the people that create jobs and commerce by converting their dreams into a successful store-front business. A stroll down Hillside Avenue in Williston Park provides many examples. The Charles Water Karate and Fitness Studio has been a 25-year fixture of the community. It started with a handful of students in August 1986, and has grown to hundreds of students and many programs for all ages.
The main concept remains training in martial arts, but it is different than the image conjured by Hollywood. It consists of a unique approach that disdains contact – yes, you can learn karate without getting hurt. The kicks are real, the punches fly, the jumps reach high, but heavy pads take the place of people on the receiving end of the techniques. Under the tutelage of Master Charles Water and his staff, students can attain their goals, both physical and mental. Sure, things such as weight control and self-defense are possible there, but how would you like to improve self-confidence, discipline, or concentration? These are goals that are woven into every day’s lesson plan. Constant and never ending self-improvement is the norm.
There is a Friday night program called the Teen Club. This program allows teenage students to get together and talk, go to movies and other events. The group participated in a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Kids Cancer Center at Winthrop University Hospital. Want to see teenagers refute the common image of kids following an unhealthy path? Stop in on a Friday night. Your faith in the community’s future will be renewed.