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Karate students demonstrate ancient martial art during Strawberry Days

Reynis Vazquez
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jury Jerome Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Teachers and students from the James Lee Karate school presented their skills in martial arts in a special performance at Sayre Park on Saturday, including their ability to use weapons for self-defense.

“Karate definitely helps character development, physical health and mental health,” said Shamane Morejon, a student at the school.

The students also marched in the Strawberry Days Parade, stopping at a few intersections to perform a coordinated routine.

Morejon decided to join two years ago because she wanted to fight and work out.

The presentation included people of all ages and levels displaying forms, called Katas.

They also demonstrated Hapkido, a martial art consisting of a grappling technique called joint-locks, and other various kicks and punches.

Students showed their self-defense skills with weaponry, including a weapon called nunchaku, made of two sticks connected by a rope.

“We were taught nunchaku by Sensei Fumio Demura, the same person who taught Bruce Lee,” said Morejon.

“I’ve always wanted to do karate,” said Amanda Leach, a blue belt and a participant in the class for two years. “It’s a type of mediation.”

The motto for James Lee Karate is loyalty, ability and integrity. The school is located in Glenwood Springs, Edwards and Eagle.

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