MONTGOMERY – Once again there will be structured physical activity here.
It will be right across the tracks from the normal location.
A smooth opening for the United States Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness Center was held on Thursday, September 2 at the UKV Development Center at 326 3rd Avenue.
Longtime martial arts competitor and instructor Shihan Terry L. Abbott says karate classes will be held on the second floor of the building on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week for children (6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.) and adults (7:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.). 30 to 21 hours). The teaching will take place in the disciplines of karate, judo, aikido, taekwondo, kobudo and jujutsu.
Abbott will host the students who recently trained with him at the Neal Baisi Athletic Center when the Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA was in operation. This facility closed in May 2020.
Behind the karate classes, a fitness center is also slated to open in the new location on October 1.
“We haven’t been able to practice since the Y closed,” Abbott said Thursday. “We didn’t have room.”
Abbott said he started exploring the UKV Development Center opening with Montgomery Mayor Greg Ingram, then Dr Carl Lee Kennedy and board members made the space available, and “they made it reasonable “.
Abbott said his initial plans were only for a karate school. “Then some weightlifters and other people who kept fit at the Y started calling me or coming over to see what was going on,” and suggested that he offer a fitness center as well.
He said the training area will cover 2,500 square feet, which “is huge.”
Currently, martial arts classes are open for all three nights. “I won’t have all of my fitness equipment until October 1.” Starting October 1, the fitness center is scheduled to open five evenings a week.
In recent months, Abbott, who retired from a career in mining, has purchased treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, free weights and other equipment to use in the fitness center. form. “John (Frisby) and I put all the money on ourselves,” he said.
He also brought his own karate equipment from the Baisi Center which he used for his classes there.
“We’re going to try to get out of this,” said Abbott, who is a business venture partner with Frisby, a longtime friend and local trainer who helps Abbott manage the success of the City Hoops program. “We think this is a continuation of our City Hoops partnership,” said Frisby.
The children’s class will be for 6-12 year olds, while those over 12 can fill the adult class.
The fees will be $ 55 per month for individuals or $ 75 per month for a family. These fees will be the same for the karate school and the fitness center. For those who might want to sign up for both, some sort of discount will be offered, he said.
“I’ve always … tried to make it reasonable,” Abbott said.
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Abbott says that at one point at Montgomery Middle School he had 65 or 70 students a night attending classes.
“I’ve been practicing martial arts since I was 16, which is 53,” said Abbott, 69, a seventh-degree black belt and former national champion who has coached 17 national champions and two juniors. Olympic champions and has over 40 years of teaching experience. The staff will include five experienced black belts.
“I hope to rebuild this school as it was (in the past),” Abbott said.
A tournament is scheduled for November 13 at St. Albans High School. “And we’ll be there,” said Abbott, who expects to field two teams.
The goal of the local facility is to eliminate “people who have to travel long distances for karate or to train since the Y closed,” Abbott said. “We can do anything here.”
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