There is no denying that yoga’s influence and popularity has become more mainstream in the fitness world today. Workout classes to Karate studios have added yoga to the mix, because it builds core strength, agility, and self-discipline, improving overall performance.
Local owner of Twin Dragons Sports Center since 1973, Terry Sanchez offers a modern mix to Kenpo Karate, a 700 year old Japenese fighting art foused on hand to hand combat. On Monday mornings, instructor Kaneta Harmon leads an intense Kenpo Karate class for self-defense; combining yoga, Pilates, cardio kickboxing and bag training to the workout routine.
Kaneta, also local owner and designer of Mia Brazilia activewear, is a 2nd degree Brown Belt in karate. She began her training at 21 years old, excelling in male dominated competitions. She was the only girl in the studio, something that would be intimidating to most, but her persistent and fearless determination made her succeed at this hand to hand combat sport.
Kaneta stresses the importance of using yoga to counter-balance karate, because it stretches and strengthens muscles, preventing injury, and fosters discipline within students. Similar to yoga, karate’s aim is “To apply positive martial art spirit into everyday life for self-improvement, self-confidence and self-control.”-Twin Dragons Sports Center Both yoga and karate apply similar codes of conduct to their practice, promoting balance and success in life.
Kaneta’s classes are offered every Monday @ 8:15 am