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World Kickboxing Academy opens in Stow
STOW — The World Kickboxing Academy had its grand opening June 2 at 3301 Kent Road. The reception included free classes featuring celebrity fighters from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bellator.
The academy’s approach to martial arts education is presented in a family-friendly atmosphere, according to company officials.
The school is owned by Asian Sun Martial Arts, whose locations are all overseen by Grandmaster Ryan Andrachik.
Orville native Ryan “The Lion” Madigan is the academy’s head instructor. A professional fighter with a winning record, Madigan has fought in the Chuck Norris World Combat League, the Tough Man-Bad circuit, the UFC and numerous amateur kickboxing/Muay Thai organizations, where he has held multiple titles.
“It’s the first school in the area to make the sport of kickboxing accessible to everybody,” said Andrachik, a seventh-degree black belt. “It’s great for self-defense, with all the punches and kicks.”
The academy offers a variety of fitness, martial arts and fighting classes. Some are formal, and some are designed with an emphasis on fun.
For now, the school offers eight kinds of classes Mondays through Saturdays during the morning, afternoon and evening: SWEAT Kickboxing, Adult Muay Thai, Children’s Muay Thai, Family Muay Thai, Children’s Grappling, Jiu-Jitsu (no gi style), Amateur and Professional Fighting, and Ultimate Conditioning Sports Performance.
“It really is for everybody,” said Andrachik. “The family and children classes are not full-contact — but if you want full contact, you can find it here.”
The school is offering six weeks of free, unlimited classes in all styles.
The World Kickboxing Academy’s formal curricula incorporate traditional conventions like a color-belt ranking system and standard-issue outfits. With set testing schedules, all formal programs encourage students to attain a black belt degree.
All Asian Sun schools are staffed by full-time professional black belt instructors.
For more information, visit www.WorldKickboxingAcademy.com.
North Akron Savings Bank celebrated in Norton
|Attending the regrand-opening for the North Akron Savings Bank in Norton were Norton Business Development Task Force Chairman Nick Reinfeld; Joe Fasek, of the South Summit Chamber; Norton Mayor Mike Zita; and representatives from Norton City Council.|
|Photo courtesy of Nick Reinfeld|
“The North Akron Savings Bank is a locally run and owned bank that is committed to quality services,” said Branch Manager Doris Floyd.
At the event, Norton Mayor Mike Zita presented the following address, according to Nick Reinfeld, Norton Business Development Task Force chairman: “For nearly 20 years, the North Akron Savings Bank has been a friend and a neighbor here in Norton. Originally located on Cleveland-Massillon Road, and now here at this beautiful new location on the corner of Greenwich Road and Columbia Woods Drive. Since then they have quietly supported the Norton community — by both serving our financial needs and by affording us the luxury of borrowing their space during community events. This speaks of a business that understands our community and works to provide us with the resources that in turn will help our city. So, it is my honor and privilege to help support North Akron Savings as they have supported all of us. I was pleased to have this opportunity to say thank you for all they do for Norton, and I was pleased to have the chance to wish them success as they move forward. Thank you to Doris Floyd, our branch manager, for providing Norton with her fine staff and maintaining this beautiful architecture.”
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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