Martial arts, archery, other Parks and Rec classes set to start

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – A new round of Jefferson County Parks and Recreation classes in everything from chess and gymnastics to dance and archery are set to begin next week.

Classes are available for adults, children, parents and kids, homeschooled students and others. To get details on class times, costs and other information or to reserve a spot, call 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org or attend an open house Saturday.

During the open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Center at 235 Sam Michaels Lane in Shenandoah Junction, anyone may learn about offerings, register for classes and meet some of the instructors.

A look at some of what’s on the park program’s spring lineup:

  • Adult Self-Defense. A challenging cardio workout for advanced or beginning students.
  • Archery. Kids, whether beginners or with some experience, develop confidence and discipline while learning the basics in care and use of equipment as well as technique.
  • Girls’ Volleyball League. Through this recreational league, players learn fundamental volleyball skills and teamwork skills while having fun. Tryouts happen April 5 with play beginning May 3.
  • Instructional Basketball League. This instructional league is for kids with some knowledge and experience in basketball as well as those who have little or no experience.
  • LEGO Adventures. Children spend time at LEGO discovery stations and use LEGOs to create their own unique designs.
  • Chess Club. Kids learn the basics of the game and play against others in the program.
  • Animal Adventures. Meet birds, reptiles, hedgehogs, amphibians, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and tarantula – a different exotic animal each class. Participants can hold, pet or feed each animal while learning handling, biology, behavior, the importance of biodiversity and more.
  • Gymnastics. Classes include sessions where kids bring along an adult, preschool gymnastics class for the beginner tumbler, beginners classes for various ages, intermediate classes, classes for homeschoolers and floor tumbling.
  • Intermediate Cheerleading. Classes for those with prior cheering experience to refine motions, jumps and cheers while developing confidence, flexibility and strength.
  • Fundamentals of Cheerleading. A program for beginners who want to learn cheerleading, including moves and motions, tumbling skills, cheers and chants, and more.
  • Tiny Tots dance. Toddlers learn pre-ballet skills through music and movement while learning body awareness and how to follow directions.
  • Pre-Ballet. This class combines the basics of ballet along with teaching rhythm and coordination.
  • Ballet I/II. This blended-level class of promotes further skill development. Previous experience required for 6-year-olds.
  • Jazz & Hip Hop. Dance to fast, upbeat popular music.
  • Mommy & Me Karate. Kids and their adult companions learn coordination and balance together.
  • Little Dragons. A fun class covering basic karate skills, including balance, coordination, self-control and respect.
  • Little Ninjas, Ninjas, Advanced Ninjas. Courses include the traditional beginner karate course for children ages 4 to 6 where participants learn balance, coordination, respect, discipline, self-esteem, self-control and more. Other classes for teens and those at the intermediate or advanced levels.
  • Homeschool Karate. Young people learn confidence and discipline in a friendly and warm atmosphere.
  • Girls’ High School Summer Basketball League. A recreational league intended for players to learn and have fun. Practices start in August, with a skills evaluation day set for July 19. Volunteer coaches needed.

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One Response to Martial arts, archery, other Parks and Rec classes set to start

  1. Mixed martial arts is a great activity for individuals of all ages. Learning self-defense, discipline, leadership, communication skill and much more are just some of the benefits to being in a MMA class.

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