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.