REWARDING JOB: Leisa Pender has opened her own Zen Do Kai classes in Tannum Sands.
REWARDING JOB: Leisa Pender has opened her own Zen Do Kai classes in Tannum Sands. Paul Braven

Parents, kids train together at martial arts classes

MARTIAL arts classes now operating in Tannum Sands have gained great community support, with families and kids able to train together.

Leisa Pender has trained in martial arts for almost five years, and recently decided she wanted to train with her children.

The decision led her in one direction - to open her own Zen Do Kai classes in Tannum Sands.

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In January, the ambition became a reality, and after the first lesson, Ms Pender was ecstatic with what the future held and how the first session had progressed.

"The opening was a very special night. It was awesome; I had a ball," she said.

Pender trained with the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy for about four years, learning under the teaching of coach Rob McIntyre.

One of the philosophies of Zen Do Kai is for high-level students to branch out and spread the art themselves when they are good enough.

With every class, Ms Pender is looking forward to teaching more and more students.

"I base my classes on respect, honesty and integrity," she said.

Tannum Sands Zen Do Kai has already received a lot of support from locals, and Ms Pender plans to push it further.

"The support has got me my public liability paid and the rent of the hall was helped to be covered," she said.

"It has been a lot of work getting here but I have brought it to fruition."

Classes are being held on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7pm for anyone aged seven years and up.

"I highly encourage mothers to train with their kids, and my number one goal is to see fit and healthy families," Ms Pender said.

Ms Pender also is teaching Grade 3 and 4 classes at Tannum Sands State School every Friday, to combat obesity and bullying.

And she works within the national bullying campaign NO WAY.

"This is getting the kids active and learning a little self defence on how to protect themselves against predators by making smart choices, for example safety in numbers," she said.

The Zen Do Kai classes are being held at Tannum Sands Hall.



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