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Local Church Offers Self-Defense Classes


The Christ Community Methodist Church in Joplin began with six members in their Judo class. Now, over 140 youth and adults attend.

Instructor Justin Weston taught the self-defense principles to class takers on Sunday, which includes the basic throws, and take downs, but less kicks and punches.

The class has been designated the fastest growing club in America but was also listed fourth on the top 50 list of US Judo Association Chartered Clubs.

Weston is a black belt in Judo and says any age can learn and benefit from the moral principles it teaches.

"We don't actually get into the competitive side, we get into the true values of what Judo is," said Weston. "It's basically improving the human character, and giving back to society."


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