“Wherever I’ve lived, I’ve taught martial arts,” Clark said.
He treasures the opportunity to mentor young men and teach children and women self-defense.
“I learned it from somewhere else, and I’m passing it on,” he said. “I’m paying it forward.”
A six-degree black belt in bujutsu and aiki jutsu, Clark said his gym is family friendly.
Clark also teaches bully prevention. The Bullyproof class teaches children, teens and adults how to prevent bullying and how to de-escalate close encounters before they become violent. While the first line of defense is words, he also teaches defense against a physical attack.
Clark has studied several forms of martial arts and now teaches a well-balanced system. He also teaches the color code of awareness.
“I started out in aikido, but like many people, I became more progressive in the 1990s,” he said.
His mixed martial arts classes include kicking, trapping, striking, grappling and ground work.
“Self-defense is much more mental than it is physical,” he said, “but if you don’t train physically, then you can’t respond physically.”
Clark invites anyone to stop in and get acquainted or join a class for a free workout. A weight room in the back also allows for weight training in a cozy environment, he said.
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