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Nation of Islam reaches Milwaukee youth through self-defense training

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Nation of Islam reaches Milwaukee youth through self-defense training
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Isaiah Jones spent a lot of time watching TV and playing video games. That’s until Jones’ stepdad got him involved in boxing and martial arts to get him active and off the couch.

Jones, 13, now spends his time practicing his katas, a series of choreographed movements needed to master Tae Kwon Do.

“If I learned Tae Kwon Do, in a couple of weeks I started getting better at both,” said the Eastbrook Academy student. Jones has been doing martial arts since last year and is a low purple belt.

Jones picked up a few extra moves during the last weekend in July. He participated in a self-defense and anti-bullying workshop as part of the 27th annual United Schools of Survival (USOS) International Training Conference at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. He learned a variety of self-defense techniques, including the palm strike, back and side kicks and knee strikes.

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