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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Academy offers defense session as fundraiser

  • The McPherson Black Belt Academy will host a series of martial arts and self-defense sessions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at its 114 S. Main St. location.
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  • The McPherson Black Belt Academy will host a series of martial arts and self-defense sessions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at its 114 S. Main St. location.
    Open to the public, sessions will cover topics such as tai chi, pressure point control tactics, bullying prevention and combat weapons sparring. No previous experience in martial arts is required to enroll in any session.
    Those ages 12 and older can take part in sessions such as knife or gun defense, sexual harassment and rape prevention and the Israeli/Hungarian self-defense system krav maga.
    The all-day event is a fundraiser for the H. U. Lee Memorial Foundation.
    Haeng Ung “H. U.” Lee founded the American Taekwondo Association in 1969 after moving to the United States from Korea in 1962. As a ninth degree black belt and grand master of the organization, he lead the A.T.A. to became one of the largest taekwondo organizations in the United States. It also has spread to many other countries.
    After Lee’s death on Oct. 5, 2000, from cancer, he was posthumously given the honorary rank of eternal grand master, and the A.T.A. established the H. U. Lee Memorial Foundation in 1992. The foundation strives to assist those students that have exemplified skills obtained through the A.T.A. by providing scholarships to assist with the costs of higher education.
    To date, the foundation has provided more than 800 students with almost $900,000 in scholarships, including McPherson’s T.J. Holgerson, who received a scholarship during his senior year at McPherson High School.
    McPherson Black Belt Academy owner and chief instructor Rex Willems said it is an honor to help continue Lee’s work.
    “Eternal Grand Master Lee taught us, through his own example, the importance of helping others,” Willems said. “It is an honor to help continue his work by supporting the foundation and helping students here in our community.”
    The schedule for those 6 years old and older is:
    • 8 to 9 a.m.: Tai chi
    • 9 to 10 a.m.: Joint locks
    • 10 to 11 a.m.: Pressure point control tactics
    • 11 a.m. to noon: Board breaking
    • Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch
    • 1 to 2 p.m.: Bullying prevention
    • 2 to 3 p.m.: Bo staff
    • 3 to 4 p.m.: Sparring
    • 4 to 5 p.m.: Combat weapons sparring
    • 5 to 6 p.m.: Supper
    Sessions for those ages 12 and older will include:
    • 6 to 7 p.m.: Knife defense, and sexual harassment and rape prevention
    • 7 to 8 p.m.: Gun defense, and sexual harassment and rape prevention
    • 8 to 9 p.m.: Krav maga
    The cost is $10 per session or $50 for unlimited sessions.
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information or to make a donation to the event, contact Rex Willems at the McPherson Black Belt Academy at 620-241-2650.
    Contact Jeremy Webster by email at jwebster@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @WebsterSentinel.

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