A New Competitor

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There’s no shortage of martial arts schools in the area, but a new player is joining the field this week.

Huntzinger’s Karate School, which already has locations in Wilkes-Barre and Mountaintop, will open a new school at 1983 Scranton/Carbondale Highway in Blakely (next to Puppy Paradise).

The grand opening takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be free child safety seminars being given both days,.

The school offers instruction for kids ages 5 and older. It is under the instruction of Master Christopher Ebert, who has been instructing students at the Wilkes-Barre and Mountaintop locations for more than 18 years.

“Huntzinger’s focuses on the important child development skills,” Ebert said, “such as respect, honor, focus, self discipline and confidence, along with teaching life-saving skills and tremendous martial arts abilities.”

Since opening his first school 35 years ago, Grand Master Joseph Huntzinger has instructed more than 2,000 students, promoted more than 300 students to “black belt” status and has 21 master rank students. Huntzinger is an inductee in the Karate Hall of Fame.

To get to know the people of the area, school officials been involved in numerous charitable events recently, including the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Mid-Valley High School, where a Kick a Thon raised $500. The group was also present for the fight against ALS held at a CVS store in Scranton, where they raised an additional $175. And the group took part in the recent National Night Out event in Blakely.

Call 382-3503 for more information.

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