Martial arts program offers classes for children staying at home

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HARLINGEN, Texas – Premier Martial Arts in Harlingen is providing an outlet for kids online to help them while they shelter in place.

The kids are are taught by Eric Arriaga, owner and master instructor at the program.

“We have people from Raymondville, South Padre, McAllen, and Progreso,” Arriaga listed as students went on with their warm-up drill of the day. He says for the last two weeks his staff sees about 100 students per day join their virtual classes on ZOOM.

Students like Magda Martinez’s two sons have been participating in this digital program from their Progreso home since their Spring Break.

“Martial arts has really kept them down to earth and relaxed about this who situation,” she explained as her kids who have been at home for the past three weeks. “Having this ability to connect virtually through video and chat. They can still see similarities around them. Not everything has been taken away. That has really helped us out.”

The overall mission of the program is to provide an outlet during this uncertain time.

“Its a learning curve as we go but we are providing the best customer service throughout our classes,” Arriaga added from his improvised work station from home.

While many of these students are members, they are providing the opportunity for others to join in.

“We do at least two lessons or three private lessons we do that free just for the students to feel out the program. Once everything clears out we want them to be members of our program,” he said.

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