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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Myrna Whitehead
    (806) 716-2212
    mwhitehead@southplainscollege.edu

    SPC’s karate classes offer year-round fitness, skill development

    LEVELLAND – When Ben Walton of Lubbock decided to participate in self-defense classes, his goals were to improve his skills and physical fitness. He found the ideal program in Xtreme Karate at South Plains College.

    Xtreme Karate began in spring 2014. The classes, which are available throughout the year for all skill levels, are held in the Law Enforcement Building in Room 106.

    Walton, Program Coordinator and Professor of Computer Information Systems at the SPC Reese Center campus, participates in the adult class which contains 11 students.

    Xtreme Karate classes are designed for children and adults. The classes meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays for Adult Karate; from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays for Kids Karate (ages 6 to 12); and 11 a.m. to noon for Adult Defensive Tactics and Combat Training on Saturdays.

    Walton said anyone can join the class at any time. Each class builds on the skill sets are taught and more movements are added.

    The classes focus on the tradition and discipline of Shotokan Karate. The basic movements, including blocks, strikes and stances; the kata and the belt ranking also stems from this style. Belt tests are given as the students show progress, competence and a readiness to advance to the next level. In the defensive tactics and combat training classes, the focus is on street-level martial art combat such as Krav Maga and the Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System that is used by the U.S. Navy Seals.

    “I want to get my blackbelt,” Walton said. “Since joining the class, I’ve lost 30 pounds. This is a fast, intense workout for your whole body.”

    For more information and prices, contact Borba at 474-6090.

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