College students punched the air, kicked and blocked punches as they practiced martial arts in an Endwell basement lately.
They could have been element of any martial arts class — with some exceptions, such as pupils beginning class with prayer.
Welcome to Curry’s Progressive Martial Arts, held twice a week in the basement of the Endwell Church of Christ. Tamika Curry, a fourth-degree blackbelt who is married to the church’s pastor, David Curry, teaches the classes, which incorporate quite a few martial arts, which includes Aikido, Judo and Jujitsu.
Classes are open to students 4 years old and up, including adults. This is her fifth 12 months teaching at the Endwell church, despite the fact that she’s been practising and teaching martial arts for 28 many years.
“Most martial arts instruct philosophy,” including self-control, patience and discipline, reported Curry, regarded as Miss Tamika to students. Martial arts are equivalent to Christianity.
“Christianity would make our martial arts superior,” she explained. “Martial arts helps make our Christianity superior. They blend into every other.”
Every single course functions a “mat chat” wherever learners pause, sit in a circle and find out about a moral from the Bible. Through a the latest course, Curry compared jigsaw puzzles with the numerous factors that make up Christians.
“As Christians, we need to enjoy God and love our neighbors,” she mentioned. “We really should be reading our Bibles. We need to be praying. We need to be assisting some others. If you’re missing some of all those factors, does that make you not a Christian? No. But you’re missing some things.”
Just like all martial arts courses, students do the job on earning diverse coloured belts by undertaking martial arts techniques. But to gain a belt at the church plan, pupils also have to memorize and clarify Bible verses, Curry explained.
Every single belt degree has a character trait primarily based on the fruit of the Spirit, she said. For instance, a white belt is primarily based on the fruit of enjoy, and the accompanying Bible verse is John 3:16.
J.D. Wojnar, 15, who normally takes the course with his sister, Josie and mom, Julie stated he’s discovered a whole lot from the lessons.
“I am understanding how to regard my mothers and fathers and be much more diligent in my do the job,” he reported. “Since I have joined, I have been much more diligent in aiding all-around the home and preserving it cleaner.”
His mom, Julie, is presently the only grownup in the course.
“It’s difficult at situations,” she said. “I have to operate a minor harder than the youngsters.”
Jared Hartwig, 14, who usually takes courses with his older brother, Caleb and young sister, Kaelyn claimed he was drawn to the lessons for the reason that he likes sports.
“It’s undoubtedly good bodily work out,” he mentioned. “But we are specified points to consider about. We are finding out morals, far too.”
In August, the course celebrated its first black belt: Seth Whitbeck, 18. He is absent at SUNY Morrisville, exactly where he is a freshman and was unavailable for an job interview. But his mother, Michelle Whitbeck, explained the plan benefitted him in many approaches.
“Learning control of system and intellect aided him escalating up,” she stated. “It gave him target.”
Seth keeps the black belt on a desk in his dorm area, his mom said. The belt conjures up him and reminds him of what he’s discovered from the lessons, including perseverance, aim and currently being a good Christian.
Endwell Church of Christ
The Rev. David Curry serves as pastor of the church, at 3600 Country Club Road in Endwell. Sunday providers are held at 10:30 a.m. For more data about the church, go to its web page at https://endwellchurchofchrist.com/ or locate the church on Fb.