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Martial arts dojo opens at White Marsh Shopping Center

John Kennedy Martial Arts, LLC, opened for business on Monday at White Marsh Shopping Center.

Owner John Kennedy of Hayes said he offers a variety of classes for children and adults, both male and female. He works with individuals age 7 years (second grade) and up.

Kennedy specializes in Tang Soo Do, an older Korean style of karate, and Tae Gun Do, an American style of stand-up jiu-jitsu. An emphasis is using martial arts for defensive purposes, he said.

The 1,200-square-foot dojo features an assortment of training apparatus, including “Bob,” a lifelike model with “skin” that gives like a human’s; wave masters that provide targets for kicks and striking; body bags (similar to those used by boxers), hang bags, blockers and other practice equipment.

Each session includes a warm-up, followed by kata, or forms. Then, the class works on kicks, punches and defensive techniques. Kennedy said students receive a gi, or training uniform, when they enroll for cla...

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