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If asked, the main reasons a person likely would give for joining a martial arts school would be either to learn self defense or to become physically fitter. But neither were the reasons I joined World Class Martial Arts.

I’m probably one of the older students at World Class Martial Arts, but I’ve stayed in decent shape most of my life by going to the gym on a regular basis. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve learned the hard way that a person can’t push the weights as hard as they could when they were younger. Injuries happen more often and they take longer to heal. And you start to become a lot stiffer and less supple. That was my main reason for becoming involved with martial arts. I was looking for a sport that would allow me to stretch and regain some flexibility.

I don’t have a background in martial arts. This is all new to me. However, a long time back, and when I was much younger living in Toronto, I joined up with a Hapkido school. I really enjoyed the locks and throws and striking attacks of this Korean martial art. I’ve always thought if I could find something similar that I’d like to get back into it. However, nothing similar was available in Thunder Bay. Then one day last fall I happened to be reading the Key and learned of a new class that Maha Guru Soengkono was offering – the Indonesian fighting art of Pentjak Silat. This was a new one to me. Like most people, I had never heard of it. I was intrigued from the brief description about it in the Key. It sounded very much like what I was looking for.

So I did some research and decided to join. More correctly, I was accepted by Maha Guru Soengkono (he’s selective about who he teaches). I started into the Pentjak Silat program shortly after the program began in the fall of 2010.

As far as I’m concerned, it is one of the better decisions I’ve made.

Not only did |I get a chance to learn a totally realistic and practical form of self defense, but I got the added bonus of learning about an entirely new culture, Indonesia, something I previously knew absolutely nothing about.

Whatever your age or reason for wanting to learn martial arts, I can recommend wholeheartedly the programs offered at World Class Martial Arts. Come check them out. You will be impressed!


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