WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bear Martial Arts is presenting a new program housed at the Williamstown Youth Center
Adult and children’s classes start on July 1, 2014 at the WYC facility located at 66 School St.
Bear Martial Arts' dedicated instructors, James Shin and Alex Benko, deliver a values-based martial arts program centering on character building, goal setting, and leadership skills. Along with teaching techniques in self-defense, the new WYC martial arts program focuses on the importance of respect, self-esteem, and self-control. Goshin Jutsu, a self-defense oriented martial art emphasizing the interaction of the striking arts with the jujutsu arts, will be the style of instruction.
The major principles from karate, boxing, jujutsu, and wrestling are incorporated into the curriculum to help students develop a well-rounded style. The WYC is looking forward to providing their new facilities to Bear Martial Arts and to giving the community an excellent opportunity for self-development.
James Shin has been studying Martial Arts for 22 years and has trained in multiple styles with many exacting teachers of diverse disciplines (Hapkido, Tang So Do, Jiu-Jitsu, and Go Shin Jutsu). He taught youth Martial Arts in San Diego with Sensei Adam Storrs before moving to Williamstown. James has honorably served in the United States Marine Corps and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a contracted instructor.
Alex Benko has practiced mixed martial arts since the age of 13 in Russia and has taught youth Karate for 2 years in the 1990s. He has also studied Budokai karate in Albany, NY and is currently a student of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu University.
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