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September 24, 2018

Oswego Industries LIFE Group Tries Karate


<p>Ron Worden practices kicks on the training pads with help from Jim Munger.</p>

Ron Worden practices kicks on the training pads with help from Jim Munger.

One of the groups in the LIFE program at Oswego Industries, Inc. has been trying their hand — and foot — at karate classes.

The small group has been taking classes for a few weeks at LaVallee’s USA Black Belt Champions, practicing not only martial arts moves but also techniques for avoiding confrontations.

Instructor Jim Munger of the Clay dojo teaches the class with patience and humor, encouraging each participant to do their best and stressing the ethics and values of the martial arts.

Oswego Industries, Inc. is a not-for-profit Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities since 1968.

The LIFE program brings small groups of such adults into the community on short trips to explore interests, build skills, and promote community inclusion.

<p>Instructor Jim Munger adjusts Nathan Wilcox's hands, as Ron Worden stands at attention.</p>

Instructor Jim Munger adjusts Nathan Wilcox's hands, as Ron Worden stands at attention.

<p>Jim Munger leads the class through a series of punches and kicks.</p>

Jim Munger leads the class through a series of punches and kicks.

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