For anyone intrigued by the physical feats which can be accomplished by martial artists, take advantage of three upcoming classes through Rend Lake College’s Community Education Department and experience the ways of self defense.
Sensei Lou Campbell will lead these courses. She is a third-degree black belt in karate and teaches the Yang style of Tai Chi at RLC.
"Karate for Beginners" runs from 4-5 p.m. through eight consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 16 at Wayne City High School. Students will practice basic calisthenics and stretches and will learn beginning stances. Fundamental blocks, punches and falls that can be combined into self-defense techniques also will be taught.
This class costs $24. Students should wear loose-fitting clothing.
Campbell will be joined by her husband, Master Alvin Campbell -- a seventh-degree black belt -- in leading another martial arts course, "Martial Arts for Beginners," from Monday, June 21, through Friday, June 25, as part of a series of youth camps on the Rend Lake College campus in Ina. This class costs $56 and will be held at Waugh Gymnasium. Students in grades one through three will attend from 9 a.m. to noon, and those in grades four through seven attend from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This course covers many of the same topics and techniques as "Karate for Beginners." When students master the art of falling safely on mats, they will begin to execute basic throwing techniques. Students should wear loose clothing and participate in bare feet.
"Aerobics -- Tai Chi" will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from August 18 through December 1 at the Rolland Lewis Community Building in Mt. Vernon. The cost of the course is $57. Lou Campbell said she hopes to attract several senior citizens to this class.
Tai Chi is an exercise program that effectively connects mind and body and can help improve health and coordination. Participation will greatly improve strength and flexibility, focus thoughts and rejuvenate vitality. Students should wear loose-fitting clothes.