Monday, March 16, 2009

Improve flexibility, strength and mental focus with Karate

By Courtney Westlake

Do you want to strengthen your body, mind and spirit?

"Then our karate class could be a good option for you," said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs for TRAC.

Karate and other martial arts are extremely beneficial for the body and help to improve strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, stamina and posture. Karate has also been found to improve attitude and self-confidence.

"The curriculum our instructor uses is based upon increasing your physical power and your flexibility, as well as your mental focus," Jillson said. "Karate is also a good aerobic health exercise."

TRAC's karate class is suitable for any current fitness level and ability, Jillson said. Renshi Dan Barham teaches the course. The next session begins March 23, the week after spring break, and runs until May 13.

The cost for the class is $20 for 7 weeks. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday from 4 to 5:15 p.m. There is a maximum of 20 participants for the class and a minimum of fve.

"So it's a really great price, a great class and just what you need to finish out the semester," Jillson said.