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Martial arts keep Longlevens youngsters fighting-fit

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

MARTIAL LAW: Instructor Mark Vallender, centre, with club members and, below, guiding Sam Gabb, 16, and Matt Vallender,15.

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KEEP fighting fit is the message coming out loud and clear from one of the longest-serving community clubs in Longlevens.

Martial arts have been taught from Longlevens Community Centre for the last 15 years by Mark Vallender.

And the experienced Wado Ryu karate expert, a 4th Dan black belt, says the sport is as popular as ever.

He says martial arts are not just a great way of keeping fit, but also a valuable tool in instilling discipline in young people.

Mark, 51, said: "We practice karate the 'peaceful way', but it also teaches so many valuable life skills. "Fitness, strength, self-control and teamwork are all picked up from our classes. The club is family orientated and not about making money."

The club's community spirit has been rewarded with a £200 donation for new equipment by the Longlevens Neighbourhood Partnership.

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