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Pasco self-defense class teaches women the right moves

NEW PORT RICHEY — At the women's self-defense classes being taught by Southern Elite Sports and hosted by the Pasco County Parks and Recreation at the Grove Park Community Center, it's as much about learning protection as it is about getting some exercise.

"We teach them mixed martial arts — stand up, grappling, tae kwan do — as well as high-impact fitness. That way, they get a physical workout," trainer Paul Micklow said.

Micklow says the program teaches four key values: confidence, discipline, respect and integrity. Micklow adds that confidence building is a big aspect, especially since the class allows women to exercise afterward to get in better shape.

Classes are Mondays from 7-8 p.m. until June 1 at the center, 4145 Fairford Drive. It's a six-week course that costs $60.

For more info, call (727) 834-3285.

KAYAKING: The third annual Salt Springs Classic Kayak Race and Fun Paddle will be Saturday at the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park and the Cotee River Seafood Festival.

The race, sponsored by the Salt Springs Alliance, is 6 miles, from the state park at 9120 Old Post Road in Port Richey to Sims Park in New Port Richey. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., and participants under 18 must have their entry form signed by, and must be accompanied by, a parent or legal guardian.

The cost is $15 per kayak and includes a T-shirt. Preregistration can be done online at www.saltspringsalliance.com. There will be awards for the more-than-15-foot kayak, the 15-foot-and-under kayak and the tandem divisions.

For info, call (727)-816-1890 or visit www.saltspringsalliance.com.

RUNNING: The Arc Nature Coast will host the third annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk on May 23 at 8 a.m.

The run will be at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville and registration begins at 7 a.m.

The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk and includes a T-shirt and scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable. All proceeds will go to the Arc Nature Coast, which helps serve people with disabilities and their families.

Register online by visiting www.active.com and searching for Spring Lake 5K.

For more info, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail info@thearc-naturecoast.org or visit www.thearc-naturecoast.org.

ROLLER HOCKEY: The Sunshine Shoot-out Indoor Ball Hockey Tournament will be held June 26-28 at Sportszone2, 7716 Rutilio Court in New Port Richey.

Teams can register for $550 and the tournament is open division for all teams to compete. Games will be filmed, as well, and prizes will be awarded to the overall team winner, the runner-up and the most valuable player, defense­ player and goalie. The event is sponsored by Matt Garry Inc.

For more info, contact Matt Garry at (813) 818-1312 or (727) 809-0775.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Pasco self-defense class teaches women the right moves 05/04/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 6:28pm]
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