Hudson — Jeffrey Konich told his teachers in second grade what he wanted to be when he grew up. Twenty-six years later, that dream has come true.
“I was recommended to enter karate by my instructor in elementary school,” Konic recalled in a recent interview. “After 5 to 10 weeks of training, I knew I would do it for a lifetime.”
“The training gave me the ability to imagine who I wanted to be, and it gave me self-discipline,” he continued.
For three years, Konich has run Jeffrey Konich’s Family Martial Arts Center at 59 Upsley Street in Hudson. This is a place where education and discipline reign supreme.
“At the Family Martial Arts Center, we’re not training fighters, we’re teaching students. We’re not a sport; we’re a school!” said Leominster native Konich.
“We teach whole-person education and provide courses for people to help them be better than they were yesterday, while developing the vision and goal-setting skills necessary for a successful future.”
Students at the Konich Center receive homework to develop character habits that help them use their secret weapon called “self-discipline” to fight the enemy!
“Most of the battles we face are in our minds,” Konic said. “We must learn to conquer our internal struggles.”
Students at the Konich Center range in age from 3 to their 70s.
“Our training is at your own pace,” he said. “We start anywhere, but the idea is to achieve the same goal. Practice makes progress.”
This was the case with Konich’s daughter, who thrived at the age of three.
“She’s able to do more than a five-year-old because she’s been trained where she’s able to learn general movement skills, strengthen her ankle, wrist and toe posture, and know how to twist and pull resistance,” Coe said. Nicky said.
Konich points out that karate offers countless health benefits.
“It regulates blood flow, provides stamina, and is an outlet for mental health,” he said.
Perhaps most prominently, it helps to increase flexibility, improve structural alignment and strengthen the body to prolong life and prevent injury.
Konich teaches karate to his three children aged 10, 9 and 4. They in turn help him teach beginner courses at the center.
“By having classes with my kids, it provides parents with a safe space to learn and grow with their kids,” Konich said. “About 90 percent of our parents are training with their kids.”
By the end of the year, Konich will move his martial arts center to a new 3,000-square-foot space in the Hudson Heights Commons.
“I’ve been eyeing that area since we moved to Hudson,” Konich said. “The area is very well known and I’m sure when we get there we will attract more students.”
Maybe one day, Konich said, one of the students will go on to open his own martial arts center.
“I’m looking for an eight-year-old who has the same vision as me, and they’re definitely there,” he said.
Visit their website jeffsfamilykarate.com to learn more about Family Martial Arts Center.
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