Winter martial arts kicking off the cold

Kevin PowellCity, Parks & Recreation

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department begins its winter martial arts classes for participants of all ages.

Little Ninjas is designed to teach students five years-old to seven years-old the basic stances, plus develop coordination, control and balance. Lessons are offered 12-12:40 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 2-March 11, at the Community Building, 115 West 11th St. Cost is $40 person student. To register online, visit:

Okinawan Kenpo is a style of Okinawan Karate and is meant to teach students techniques effective in close combat fighting. Those who take this class learn to avoid or minimalize violence. It is being offered 6:45-7:40 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8-March 14, at the Community Building.  Cost per participant is $70. To register online, visit:

Beginning Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese movement that improves strength, flexibility, concentration and balance. The slow movements of Tai Chi also serve to reduce stress and fatigue. Class is being held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 8-March 12, at the Community Building. Cost is $40 per participant. To register online, visit:

Tae Kwon Do is a martial art meant to develop a student’s respect for both themselves and people in society as a whole. Participants will develop control, balance and power through Tae Kwon Do forms and one-step sparring. The class is offered 6:45-7:45 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9-March 15, for children ages eight years-old to 12 years-old and 7:50-9:05 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9-March 15, for children and adults 13 years-old and older.  Both sessions are being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St. Cost per participant is $70 per session. To register online, visit:

Kung Fu is a close-quarter method of self-defense composed of counter attacks, elbow strikes and short explosive power. The class is being offered 5:30-6:30 Wednesdays, Jan. 10-March 14, at the Community Building. Cost is $40. To register online, visit:

Registration can also be done at any Parks and Recreation facility, including: the Community Building; Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive; Prairie Park Nature Center is located at 2730 Harper St. or the Administrative Office in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.

For more information, contact Jo Ellis, recreation instruction supervisor, at (785) 330-7355.