Karate class teaches self-confidence and encourages youth to be community leaders

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Double Edge Defense  specializes in martial arts and self defense training. One class in particular, Kenpo Karate, helps youth develop self confidence and combat bullying. 

“We’ll always use our heads before we use our fists. Ninety percent of the time, if we’re using our head we don’t have to use our fists,” says Double Edge Defense owner, Jim Slack. 

The class is not just physical. Jim’s goal is to help kids become more confident in themselves through karate. Once they have that confidence, they will be able to stand up for themselves verbally. 

“So if we’re here and we’re growing in our confidence and we know what we’re able to achieve, someone will say something to me and I’m just going to go okay whatever. It doesn’t matter what you say, I know what I’m capable of,” said Slack.

Ben Stange is 14-years-old and is working towards his orange belt. He says the class has helped him to become mentally and physically stronger as well as making him more confident. 

“They have you spar a little bit and have you do stuff with other people your age, or younger, or older. Everyone is working towards the same goal,” said Stange. 

Part of the class proceeds go towards the Shenandoah Valley Young Marines. A six week class is $95 and 45 percent of the cost is donated to the Young Marines drug reduction program.

“Young Marines is a drug reduction program of the Marine Corps, so they are not Marines. A lot of times we say Young Marines people think they are just young people in the Marines. The Young Marines is an actual division of the Marine Corps for youth,” said Slack.

The program encourages youth to promote a drug free community.  

If you are interested in signing up for a class with Double Edge Defense, click here

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