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WorkinCT: Impact Martial Arts in Cromwell

At Impact Martial Arts, 7-year-old Jess Bond is learning karate in a brand new dojo from instructors he loves.

CROMWELL, Conn. — Seven-year-old Jess Bond comes alive with karate.

“I like kicking the bags and breaking the boards at the end and in the middle,” he said.

At Impact Martial Arts in Cromwell, the first-grader is learning karate in a brand new dojo from instructors he loves.

“They are good, they are fast, and they are also fun,” he said.

At the dojo, students are learning Kenpo and Karate in classes of eight to 10 people, some as young as 3 years old.

“[The] first step is just having the courage to come in and try your first class,” said instructor Orest Markiv.

Right now, beginners can sign up for a month of classes for $49 and no experience is necessary.

“We always schedule a private lesson with me and another instructor so it is one on one, getting them geared up for a regular class with everybody else,” Markiv said.

Jess’ mom, Rachele Bond said it’s been great to watch her son shine.

"It is amazing for him, that at such a young age when he started to develop a passion for something to watch him succeed and to grow and celebrate his own victories when he conquers a move, does something or earns a certificate,” she said.

Jess assures people that with practice you’ll get better as you go.

“Stay calm, don’t worry, and do what you’re supposed to do,” he said.

Impact Martial Arts is open Monday through Saturday.

You can find additional information here.

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