A SPACE is what you make it, according to martial arts lover Zoe McIntyre, whose volunteer-run Gladstone Martial Arts Academy has used everything from sheds to halls for training sessions.

But no matter where the physical space is, the place she trains will always be Ms McIntyre's favourite.

"It's a special place, where we get together and train," she said.

It's not just about the skills she is working to develop and teach, she said, but about setting goals and achieving them.

Plus, she said, you get sweaty and let off steam while enjoying hard physical exercise.

"It makes me motivated to watch other people get motivated. It's really a cycle there," she said.

The academy has 150 members and she said it was more like a big family than a group of individual competitors.

"People train with each other to help each other to achieve their goals," she said. "They are kind and motivating people."

Currently based in Soppa St in Gladstone, the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy is planning to build a new centre on land leased from the Gladstone Regional Council.

A grant has been secured and the academy is in the process of having plans drawn.



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