Martial arts come to Mesilla Valley Mall; free self-defense classes for women

Martial arts come to Mesilla Valley Mall; free self-defense classes for women

From a Mesilla Valley Shopping mall news release

Under the management of standard manager Loretta Pina, Mesilla Valley Shopping mall (MVM) is embarking on a new initiative to extend the types of enterprises made available at the mall, which includes additional regionally based kinds.

“We want to be a lot more inclusive of the local community,” Pina stated. “So, we welcome Guzman Martial Arts as one particular of the newest users of our mall family.”

Pina said even though a martial arts dojo may at 1st look to be an not likely tenant for a procuring shopping mall, it serves as a catalyst for a host of rewards these kinds of as greater self-confidence, self-defense skills, physical health and fitness and enhanced mental endurance and social capabilities.

“One of my principal ambitions as mall basic manager is to help deliver individuals collectively to deliver a welcoming environment in which to shop, socialize and develop,” Pina reported. “A martial arts dojo is a great way to help our residents of all ages to develop bodily and mentally.”

Pina explained she researches prospective tenants that attraction to the requirements and dreams of the community, and she established that a martial arts studio would be a excellent addition. So, she approached Eli Guzman, the president and CEO of Guzman Sport Karate and Kickboxing, Inc.

“Master Sensei Guzman approved my invitation to meet and discover the shopping mall with me,” Pina reported. “We mentioned all the constructive facets of him locating below and he agreed to indicator on.”

This is the first martial arts studio in the mall considering the fact that it opened 40 a long time ago, Pina stated, and she and Guzman are performing to convey the mall’s initially-at any time martial arts match in the coming weeks.

Guzman’s 4,000 square-foot MVM site is termed Guzman Martial Arts. His Guzman Sport Karate and Kickboxing, Inc. will proceed to work at 1203 N. Most important St.

“Establishing a next spot at MVM appealed to me mainly because of its centralized place and popularity as a gathering room,” Guzman explained. “The mall place will make it additional captivating to join a course or keep on an existing system.”

He currently has somewhere around 65 learners at the mall locale and the amount is increasing.

Guzman’s programs consist of youth martial arts, Mauy Thai kickboxing, takedown sparring, self-protection and birthday get-togethers. He mentioned he also features free self-defense courses for gals at 7 p.m. Thursdays at MVM and is looking at together with Zumba and yoga lessons.

During his Aug. 28 grand opening at MVM, Guzman held a belt ceremony at which time he gained his eighth-degree black belt and just about 100-pupils ended up promoted to their new belt degree. Guzman said he has taught 1000’s of learners in the course of the previous 20 yrs. He operated his very first locale on Mesquite Road 2001-08 before relocating to north Most important Road.

Guzman Martial Arts is across from the meals court around the north conclude of MVM.

Mesilla Valley Shopping mall is at 700 S. Telshor Blvd. Several hours of procedure are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday by means of Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.  Much more information is accessible online at

Course schedules and other information and facts is out there at the dojo and at

Contact Pina 575-522-1001. Make contact with Guzman at 575-644-9083.