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LJJA to roll out new self-defense courses

By Adam Taylor for KnoxPages.com

MOUNT VERNON – Providing practical self-defense training has always been a goal for David Lashley in his two decades as a martial artist and instructor.

The latest project the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt is undertaking is to bridge the gap between basic self-defense and the Jiu Jitsu system he has poured his heart into. A new curriculum will be deployed at the LJJA Training Center in the coming weeks, offering beginners with little to no experience an introductory path into the world of unarmed self-defense.

Inspired by the TRITAC self-defense system, the course will focus on the skills to survive and teach students ways to fight and protect others in crisis situations. The long-term goal is to provide a smooth transition from basic self-defense to a more involved defensive tactics program where students can polish their skills over time. Although the first course is a great pre-requisite for those without experience, anyone who feels they are ready may enroll in the TRITAC defensive tactics class.

“We’ll start with simple tactics that will work for men, women and even children,” said Lashley. “Think of it compared to a basic first aid class. You’ll learn some the basics in something like a three to four hour course. It’s basically the essentials.”

The idea of the introductory courses is not to groom students as fighters.

“We’ll go over situational and environmental awareness and look at basic tactics to avoid and escape bad situations,” he said. “We want to give you the tools to get out of a bad situation and into a safe space.”

The program will not only deploy techniques and ideas from the TRITAC system, but also from Lashley’s toolbox of multi-disciplined training, which includes certification in Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement. Aside from his time in the dojo earning belt rankings, Lashley can pull from his training and experience with 15 years in the criminal justice field.

As more and more people look for ways to protect themselves and their family members, nothing makes more sense than to begin with unarmed self-defense, he said. Course participants can expect a streamlined, practical system of reality-based martial arts.

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“This is not a traditional-based martial arts program,” said Lashley. “Everything we teach is reality based.” TRITAC’s system is broad and equipped to teach the integration of knife, handgun and empty handed fighting skills rolled up into one modern martial art designed for the streets.

The bridge into an advanced combatives program can occur when a student feels he or she is ready to take it to the next step. This, he said, is where classes will become more intense. Announcements on upcoming class schedules will be available on the training center’s website at www.ljja.org.

With practical self-defense in mind, also coming soon to the LJJA course catalog is the “Dirty Dozen” which will feature 12 of Kenpo Karate’s deadliest techniques. Drawing from origins of Chinese Kenpo, the class will be taught by fellow Jiu Jitsuist Michael Hunter, who also holds a Second-Degree Black Belt ranking in the Tracy’s Kenpo Karate system.

Recognized as one of the most popular self-defense systems in martial arts, participants can expect a more intense spin on techniques from the manual originally taught by American Kenpo Founder Ed Parker and refined by Jim and Al Tracy.

Information on the Dirty Dozen will be announced on the LJJA Training Center home page and on Facebook.

The LJJA Training Center is located on South Main Street in Mount Vernon, across from Domino’s Pizza in the former Escape Zone building.

MVNU presents "A Taste of Opera: A Showcase of Scenes and Songs"

MOUNT VERNON  -  MVNU Theatre and the MVNU Music Department present “A Taste of Opera: A Showcase of Scenes and Songs.” This showcase will give a taste of music from scenes of popular and contrasting operas. Students will present arias, duets, and small ensembles from varying scenes. A synopsis of each opera will be presented, and then students will share a musical highlight from that opera. The songs presented will be from operas such as Mozart’s “The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro,” and “Cosi Fan Tutte.” In addition, repertoire from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicci” and Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” will be showcased. These are just a few examples of the exciting and diverse experience that this evening of opera will bring!

Performances will be on Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7, 2017. All performances begin at 8 p.m. in Thorne Performance Hall inside the R.R. Hodges Chapel on the campus of MVNU. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students; children under 10 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased online at theatre.mvnu.edu, by phone at 740-397-9000 ext. 1620, or at the box office beginning one hour prior to show time. Seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to show time.

Knox DD participating in launch of Always There campaign

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Board of DD is participating in the launch of the Always There yearlong campaign to recognize the 50th anniversary of Ohio’s County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.

The Always There campaign marks the founding of Ohio’s 88 county boards by the Ohio General Assembly in 1967. The theme reflects the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity, and history of partnership county boards have offered to people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the past, in the present, and in the future.

“Reflecting upon our history and looking toward our future is a wonderful way to mark the 50th anniversary of Ohio’s county boards and DD Awareness Month. It’s all about building awareness and understanding among the public about the lives of people with developmental disabilities,” said Steve Oster, Knox DD Superintendent.

Through personal stories and historical items submitted by county boards and the people, families, and communities they serve, the Always There campaign will tell the collective story of developmental disabilities in Ohio and how the role and services of the county boards have evolved throughout the years.

Submitted stories and items will be archived and shared as part of the Always There History Project, which has been launched on the campaign’s website – www.alwaysthereforohio.org. In addition to the website, the campaign will be supported through social media channels, posters, billboards, and local and statewide events.

As part of DD Awareness Month, the Knox DD encourages members of the community to submit their personal stories and historical items about the formation of county boards to the Always There History Project. Information about how to submit is available at www.alwaystherforohio.org/submit.
The Knox County Board of DD will be wrapping up its DD Awareness Month activities with the Celebrity Omelet and Pancake Dinner on March 23rd to be held 4pm – 6:30pm at the New Hope Early Education Center: 11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon. For more information, contact Knox DD at 740-397-4656 or [email protected]

Local theater: Chancel Players set to stage Godspell

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - A new youth theater group, the Chancel Players, has been organized by the Rev. Scott Elliott and the group's first production of Godspell is about to open at Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St. Godspell is a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew featuring interpretations of bible parables.  The production was first performed on Broadway in the early 1970's and features well known songs such as "Day by Day," "Prepare Ye (the say of the Lord)," and "Turn Back, Oh Man."

Four adults and a cast of youth actors between the ages of 11 to 21 have been rehearsing since the beginning of the year. Rev. Elliott says he is interested in connecting youth and the community through the performing arts. The youth players are from Fredericktown, Highland, Mount Vernon high and middle schools, some are homeschooled.

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Chancel Players cast members rehearse a scene from Godspell - Photo courtesy Charlotte Watson

"It's about community -  showing the youth that they are loved in a unique, wonderful way. If you've ever been in a play you can't help but bond because you have to travel through this journey putting on this piece of art. It's highly disciplined. It takes lots of hours and so no matter what age you are you have to be dependent on each other so there is this wonderful bonding going on," said Elliott. Local theater veteran Joe Bell of Right Brain Productions has collaborated with Rev. Elliott as producer.

Godspell will be performed March 23-31, April 1st and 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at Gay Street United Methodist Church. Tickets will be available at the door.

 

 

 

 

Jason McCulloch joins First-Knox National Bank

MOUNT VERNON – Jason R. McCulloch has joined First-Knox National Bank’s Millersburg office as an Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor through the bank’s partnership with Raymond James Financial Services.  Jason will work in the Millersburg and Wooster offices.

“Our investment services business in the Holmes and Wayne county markets has grown over the years to the point that it makes sense for us to have a dedicated professional on staff in the Millersburg office,” said Cheri Butcher, senior vice president of Trust and Investment Services.  “Jay’s style and approach to customer service fits right in with the First-Knox philosophy.”

Jay brings over 20 years of investment management experience to First-Knox.  He has worked as a financial analyst, credit analyst, commercial lender, and brokerage manager.  Jay received his bachelor of science in finance from Franklin University.  He holds Series 7, 66, and life and health licenses.  Jay’s specialty is creating a financial plan that focuses on the client’s unique circumstances.  He is committed to and has successfully demonstrated delivering excellent ongoing service.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jay a few years back and he’s an excellent addition to First-Knox,” said executive vice president Bob Boss.  “It will be nice to have a dedicated investment professional available to current and future customers in the Holmes and Wayne county markets.”

A West Holmes graduate, Jay resides in Millersburg with his three children:  Ian, Isabel, and Alexander.  He has served on the Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the past eight years.

Jay can be reached at the Millersburg office by calling 330.674.2610 or email [email protected]   He will also be available in the Wooster office by appointment.  

McCulloch Joins First-Knox National Bank

 

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Jason R. McCulloch has joined First-Knox National Bank’s Millersburg office as an Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor through the bank’s partnership with Raymond James Financial Services.  Jason will work in the Millersburg and Wooster offices.

“Our investment services business in the Holmes and Wayne county markets has grown over the years to the point that it makes sense for us to have a dedicated professional on staff in the Millersburg office,” said Cheri Butcher, senior vice president of Trust and Investment Services.  “Jay’s style and approach to customer service fits right in with the First-Knox philosophy.”

Jay brings over 20 years of investment management experience to First-Knox.  He has worked as a financial analyst, credit analyst, commercial lender, and brokerage manager.  Jay received his bachelor of science in finance from Franklin University.  He holds Series 7, 66, and life and health licenses.  Jay’s specialty is creating a financial plan that focuses on the client’s unique circumstances.  He is committed to and has successfully demonstrated delivering excellent ongoing service.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jay a few years back and he’s an excellent addition to First-Knox,” said executive vice president Bob Boss.  “It will be nice to have a dedicated investment professional available to current and future customers in the Holmes and Wayne county markets.”

A West Holmes graduate, Jay resides in Millersburg with his three children:  Ian, Isabel, and Alexander.  He has served on the Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the past eight years.

Jay can be reached at the Millersburg office by calling 330.674.2610 or email [email protected].   He will also be available in the Wooster office by appointment.  

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