Martial arts training classes offered

The Philip Behr Jewish Community Center, 1500 Parkview Ave., is happy to offer Quanfa-Kempo classes year-round. Quanfa-Kempo is a comprehensive Asian martial art encompassing ancient battlefield methods of pugilism, grappling, and weaponry. Classes are designed to train students in practical ways of dealing with crime, violence, and danger inherent to modern society. Students will find that training not only strengthens the body, but broadens the horizons of the mind.

Classes are instructed by Rockford native and NIU graduate Michael Benjamin. A 16-year veteran of the martial arts, Benjamin holds third degree black belts in both Chung-Kuo Ch’uan Fa Kung-Fu and Shorei Goju Kempo Karate. A published poet and author, Benjamin’s writing credits include Crowsongs (Vantage Press, 1998) and “The Willow—A Martial Arts Parable” featured in the April 2002 edition of Inside Kung-Fu magazine.

Youth classes (ages 9-15) are offered on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $30 monthly.

Adult classes (ages 15 and older) are offered on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $40 monthly.

To register, call Andrea at 399-5497. For more information, contact Michael Benjamin at 229-8607.

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