North students study martial arts | Local News

North students study martial arts | Local News

GREENSBURG – Diana Apostolakos’ fourth-quality P.E. class at North Decatur Elementary a short while ago enjoyed a unique two week presentation of Tae Kwon Do kicks, punches and poses with Tree Town Martial Arts Third Degree Black Belt Matthew Boersma. 

Aposotolakos, a armed service veteran retired from a 10 calendar year tour in the United States Navy, has taught P.E at North Decatur for 5 several years. She is at first from Indianapolis and acquired her B.A. through Robert Morris College in Chicago. Boersma finished his Master’s in Biblical Scientific tests this week and is planning for his Doctoral dissertation.

Both Boersma and “Miss out on A” are primary examples of why little ones in Decatur County have such terrific possibilities in their college. Nearby educators go over and outside of for their pupils and sincerely care about them. 

“All people is aware of how wonky of a calendar year 2020 was, and I was looking for a way to generate some exhilaration in my lessons,” Mrs. A mentioned.

With that in brain, she and Boersma began chatting and came up with the idea of introducing the students to martial arts as a way to have interaction them whilst advertising and marketing physical action.

And just like that, a further chance for area school youngsters was born.

Boersma has labored with Tree Metropolis Martial Arts in some potential for the final 11 many years.

“I begun my youngest in Tiny Dragons at TCMA, and then, when she received bored with it, I just stored going, Borsma reported. “And so, as you do in martial arts, I finished up educating.”

Boersma now teaches at the Decatur County Spouse and children YMCA. With lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays and a black belt course on Fridays, Boersma teaches and can help his little ones improve up the relaxation of the time.

The hour-very long lessons just about every working day at NDES commenced with a series of stretching exercises and then they “bowed in.”

“That’s our way of indicating hello there,” Boersma defined. 

At his YMCA course he concentrates on the martial arts way of living with the “Learners Pledge,” emphasizing the need for honesty, kindness and a vow to hardly ever use what they understand to hurt just about every other. 

Then appear punches and the four fundamental kicks.

Subsequent all through the class is a evaluate of the fundamentals: primary blocks, punches and other strikes though walking. In the YMCA class, these develop into additional a lot of as the learners age.

“I consider this surprises a whole lot of the little ones,” Boersma said. “They realize they can do some of the basics without having a large amount of apply.”

 The next week of courses consisted of the “amazing things,” together with board breaks and chopping stone with fists.

Each Mrs. A. and Boersma were being pretty pleased with the college student response. 

“They are so fired up for this class. It really is exciting,” Mrs. A mentioned.

The Decatur County Relatives YMCA is situated at 1 YMCA Way and can be arrived at by calling 812-663-9622 or by browsing their internet site at