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Free Kickboxing Class at Umpqua Bank

Fighting Chance Seattle offers free martial arts training at Umpqua Bank

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On Wednesday, January 23rd, Fighting Chance Seattle offered a free community kickboxing and self-defense class at Umpqua Bank in Ballard. We taught our neighbors the basics of boxing, Muay Thai and karate (check out our Drop-In Kickboxing and Self-Defense for Women programs for more info).

Students from a Ballard martial arts school hold pads for their neighbors at Umpqua Bank

Students from our Black Belt Program volunteered to hold pads and demonstrate techniques.

An intermediate female kickboxer demonstrates a Muay Thai knee strike.

Emily demonstrates a Muay Thai knee strike. This is a common technique in mixed martial arts.

Ballard residents prepare to learn kickboxing techniques at Umpqua Bank

Ballard residents demonstrate a traditional karate “ready” stance.

Beginner martial arts students practice Muay Thai elbow strikes on a pad.

Participants line up to practice Muay Thai elbow strikes with Krista.

Beginner Thai boxing training, clinch and knee strike on holder

Adding a shoulder grab transforms the Muay Thai knee strike into an effective women’s self-defense technique.

Sensei Jordan Giarratano of Fighting Chance Seattle with bank manager Candace Cothran from Umpqua Bank

Thanks to Candace Cothran, the branch manager at Umpqua Bank for reaching out to us and hosting this free community event.

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