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Martial Arts can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, regardless of age or gender.  

We offer classes for all ages, from youngsters to oldsters and everyone in between.  Classes are adjusted to the age, interest and ability of our students.

Why Martial Arts?

  • Both young and old are attracted to martial arts because it's good exercise,
    it teaches self-defense skills and it's FUN!

  • At Morning Star, we know everyone learns best when they're having fun. Training should relieve stress, not create it:  so we work to maintain a pleasant, positive atmosphere in our classes and always mix a good dose of fun in with the learning!

  • The exercise provided by martial arts training can improve health and fitness by developing stamina, strength, flexibility and agility. That is, if you train smart!
    All exercise involves some risk of injury, but we believe needless injuries can be avoided simply by recognizing that each individual has limits that he or she should not be forced past.

  • As for self-defense, the primary martial art taught here, American Kenpo, combines ancient martial arts with modern street fighting methods into one of the most respected and complete self-defense systems yet devised.

  • Beyond fun, exercise and self-defense, martial arts training is legendary for its potential to transform individuals. Because martial arts were developed for battle, the importance of the connection between mind, body and spirit has always been recognized. As a matter of life and death, traditional martial arts developed the intelligence and character as well as the bodies of its practitioners.

It's About Character!

This brings us to a major reason parents enroll their children in martial arts, to build character. At Morning Star, we believe good character is at least as important as physical proficiency.
Just as no ethical person would hand a dangerous weapon to a perfect stranger, we consider
it immoral to teach a martial art to anyone without simultaneously training them to control their
anger; treat others with compassion and respect and stand up for what is right. Our instructors
not only teach these values, but lead by example.

To this end, students recite the Student Creed (a modernized version of the Samurai code) in
every class. The meaning of the creed is discussed frequently, because the values expressed in
it are taken very seriously here at Morning Star Martial Arts.

The Student Creed

  1. I will develop myself in a positive manner, and aovid anything
    that would reduce my mental growth or physical health.

  2. I will develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself
    and others.

  3. I will use the art of kenpo constructively and defensively, to help myself
    and my fellow man, and never to be abusive or defensive.

  4. I will live by the principles of black belt; modesty, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.

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