MAITP Kick Off
MAITP (Martial Arts in the Park) is a great success! Harriet and Sayles Park is the perfect venue for our class because it has been plagued with drugs and gang violence for years. It is important to introduce the local community youth to activities that will channel their energy in a positive direction. The kids in the park love our class. While we have great feedback on the boxing portion of the class, it is jiu jitsu that seems to steal the show. The mood elevates and everyone laughs and smiles as we roll around the matts trying to strangle each other. The discipline and self respect that can be achieved through practicing martial arts is unparalleled. It is also important that people know how to defend themselves in a world filled with violence. The success at the park has prompted us to create a martial arts class in collaboration with the YMCA.