Workout Wednesday: StoneHouse Martial Arts

April 04, 2017 10:20 AM

For this Workout Wednesday we got a small taste of what they offer at StoneHouse Martial Arts in Superior.

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StoneHouse is a traditional martial arts school - meaning, no mixed martial arts or full-contact fighting. They offer classes in karate, Muay Thai, and traditional weaponry. Stefan Stein, known as Sensei Stein in the school, says they teach all ages - from as young as four years old up to students who are in their 60s.

"Everybody walks in here as a beginner and starts out as a white belt. Then hopefully they stay for a lifetime and are able to enjoy this for decades," explained Sensei Stein.

While physically demanding, Sensei Stein said practicing martial arts also produces physical growth through values such as discipline and self control.

"Hopefully they try to take the values and principles that we try to teach and apply them in the world outside," he said.

Sensei Stein showed GMN anchor Maarja Anderson a few kicks they do in classes, including a back kick and a round kick. He also took her through some basic steps of self-defense.

"My personal philosophy in self-defense is that it's not a separate class. It's not something that you learn other than your traditional marital arts," said Sensei Stein. "Everything we do includes self defense."

Though StoneHouse Martial Arts does offer specific self-defense classes, it's something that's included in all of their classes. Sensei Stein showed Maarja how to defend against a forceful attack with two hands.

"Self defense goes until you can walk away safely - not run, but walk away," he said.

StoneHouse Martial Arts offers classes six days a week, for all ages and all skill levels. They are located at 102 Belknap St in Superior. You can find more information here.


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