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Title Martial Arts Studio Teaches Anti-Bullying Techniques New Local Businesses Business Notes New Martial Arts Studio Opens on Taylorsville Road Martial Arts Program Focuses on Bullying Prevention Martial Arts Studio Hosts Bullying Discussion for Kids, Parents Weekend Plans: World's Toughest Rodeo, Preschool Fair, MLK Events

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Carol Alka, owner of Pro Martial Arts studio in Alpharetta, said she wants her new business to provide area youth with the skills to stand up to bullies. “We’re here to help families to deal with today’s issues,” she said. “We’re not the martial arts studio that’s going to teach the violence side. We are a martial arts studio that teaches about bullying and predators, and we use karate as the vehicle to teach the different skills that we teach.” A national health and fitness franchise, Pro Martial Arts has a patented Armor program where children learn about bullying and predator prevention and how to defend themselves against threats to their safety. “I was looking for a franchise that I could get involved in that would be something that could help the community,” said Alka, a resident of Chamblee. She said she chose to open the studio in Alpharetta because of the family friendly atmosphere. Children as young as age 4 can take lessons. “We provide a Little Rhinos class, which is just an introduction for kids that are between the ages of 4 and 6,” Alka said. “There is nothing cuter than a 4-year-old getting out there and learning balance and learning stamina and learning how to focus.” There are different classes for older children and also for adults.

Alka said business has been picking up since opening in early December. “We have a lot of people who really want to get involved in something this time of year,” she said. The Alpharetta studio is at 12850 Alpharetta Hwy., Suite 2300, in the Kroger shopping center. “We’ve already had some great traction in the community,” said Christina Madison, program director. “We are Greater North Fulton Chamber members as well as contributors to the Alpharetta Public Safety Division. We have some partnerships with local businesses … [and] we’re working with the community doing things for American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts.” Alka said the staff has given martial arts demos at North Point Mall and a local senior center and is planning a bullying presentation for parents. For those wanting to learn more about its programs, the studio is offering free trial lessons.

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Business Notes: Jan. 29 January 27, 2014

Business doings The Garden Hut will host free gardening classes in January and February at 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. For more information, go to PRO Martial Arts opened Jan. 18 at 1004 Lower Shiloh Way, Suite 101, Morrisville. VOM FASS, an oil, vinegar and spice store, opened Jan. 19 at 316 Colonades Way, suite 209, Cary. Marcus Gilchrist opened a Zaxby’s restaurant at 101 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs. Gilchrist, a member of the San Diego Chargers football team, is from High Point. Orangetheory Fitness will host a grand opening from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at 112 Market Center Drive, Morrisville. RSVP to Peak City Family Dentistry will host a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at 103 N. Salem St., Apex. For details, go to Horticulturist Nelsa Cox will demonstrate pruning during a free class at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, atThe Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. Registration is required Bass Pro Shops will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 801 Bass Pro Lane, Cary. Jackie’s Basics and Beyond Dog Training and White Tiger Taekwondo will host the Puppapalooza and Expo from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at White Tiger Taekwondo, 1605 NW Maynard Road, Cary. There will be a dog show and family-friendly activities for people and pets. Tickets cost $5. Whisk, a kitchen supply store, will host cooking classes in March at 316 Colonades Way, suite 214, Cary.

Calendar The Cary Chamber of Commerce invites small-business owners to the ShopTalk Social with The News & Observer’s Shop Talk team from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at 307 N. Academy St. Registration is required at

The Cary Chamber of Commerce will meet for a presentation by Joe Milazzo on economic development, transit and transportation from 8-9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 307 N. Academy St. To register, go to The Cary Chamber of Commerce Membership Drive Kickoff will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 307 N. Academy St. To register, go to The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce Member Meet-Up will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Trali Irish Pub, 3107 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville. The meeting costs $10 for members, $20 for non-members. To register, go to The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce New Member Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in the White Ventures Chamber Building, 260 Town Hall Drive, suite A. To register, go to The Cary Chamber of Commerce annual car raffle and auction will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Prestonwood Country Club grand ballroom, 300 Prestonwood Parkway. Raffle tickets cost $100. For details, go to The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce will meet for Coffee and Connections from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the White Ventures Chamber Building, 260 Town Hall Drive, suite A. The meeting is free for members, free for non-members’ first three meetings and $10 for non-members after three meetings. To register, go to The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce will meet for a presentation by Wake Technical Community College President Dr. Stephen Scott from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the White Ventures Chamber Building, 260 Town Hall Drive, suite A. Scott will talk about plans for a new Wake Tech campus on Paramount Parkway in Morrisville. To register, go to For information on the new campus, go to

Careers The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce announced this year’s board of directors: • Chair: Anthony Blackman of Atlantic Tire & Service • Chair-elect: Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development Co. • Treasurer: Michael Kearns of Jani King of Raleigh Durham • Past Chair: Jeff Sheehan of Duke Realty Corporation • Directors: David Brunner of Park West - Casto and Robert V. Mouro of Merrill Lynch

Kudos CHG Healthcare Services, based in Cary, ranked 16th in Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America in 2014.



New martial arts studio opens on Taylorsville Road

by Chelsea Rabideau Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 12:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A new martial arts studio is open on Taylorsville Road and instructors hit the mats Saturday to teach children how to protect themselves from bullies. "I don't ever want to see a child hurt and I don't ever want to see a child in a situation where they don't know how to take care of themselves, " instructor Nikolas Mayhew said. Pro Martial Arts celebrated its grand opening with a class that teaches kids how to protect themselves physically, and much more importantly, it teaches them how to be mentally prepared. "We teach them to go to mom or dad or a very trusted adult, that it's always OK to tell, no matter what, that we always should tell. And, that no matter what, it's not your fault. You need to be able to deal with this," Nikolas Mayhew said. Amanda Mayhew said she brought her daughter to class to help her grow into a strong confident young lady.

"She seemed to enjoy it and I thought, great. I want her to be able to have that physical confidence and be able to be strong and healthy," Amanda Mayhew said. The studio also offers classes for adults, as well as fitness and self-defense classes. For more information, call 502-785-3111 or click here.


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Martial arts, known for building discipline, character and respect is now turning its focus to bully prevention. “It’s not the same as it used to be. Bullying doesn’t stop at the end of the school day anymore,” said Carrie Riedel, program director at Pro Martial Arts, which just opened in west suburban St. Charles last month. Its focus is The ARMOR Program, which is aimed at bully and predator prevention for kids age 7 and up. The 12 weekly classes start with discussions about what makes a bully, how to avoid becoming a victim and how to get away. Class continues with more traditional martial arts training with the goal to build character and confidence..

Statistics show one in four kids between kindergarten and 12th grade will become a victim or a bully themselves. Riedel says these classes can turn both around.

Pro Martial Arts 2422 W. Main St. St. Charles IL 60175 630.584.2340 Â

Martial arts studio hosts bullying discussion for kids, parents Posted: Jan 18, 2014 6:07 PM PSTUpdated: Feb 15, 2014 7:57 PM PST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The message of Pro Martial Arts is simple, they want to help teach kids about martial arts and bullying, at the same time. They teach a program called Armor which gives students and their families the chance to discuss the bullying they see in their life. This is the third location of Pro Martial Arts in the Kentuckiana area, there are two in Indiana already. Brent says she sees students who have been affected by bullying as early as pre-school. She says students of all ages can benefit from the Armor program. It's divided into 12 weekly lessons on bullying prevention and then another 12 on predator prevention.


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Weekend Plans: World's Toughest Rodeo, preschool fair, MLK events Posted January 15 Here’s your weekly post on weekend activities. As always, check’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

Friday is an early release day for many Wake County students, so I’ll point out that the Annie Louise Wilkerson MD Nature Preserve in north Raleigh will hold a nature play day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday. Pre-registration is not required for the free, drop-in activities that give kids an opportunity to explore the preserve. Children must be with an adult.

The World’s Toughest Rodeo returns to the PNC Arena in Raleigh with one show at 7:30 p.m., Friday. This very popular show features the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls, along with a monkey who rides a dog (for real). Tickets start at $18 and thanks to WRAL-TV and Fox 50, kids 12 and under get ½ price tickets on regularly priced seats (except the $75 seat). You’ll need to buy an adult ticket to get that deal.

The Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mother’s Club will hold its annual preschool fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Carrboro Century Center. Learn all about the preschools in that part of the Triangle. For more about that event and scheduled open houses for many preschools in the area, read this earlier post.

Pro Martial Arts of Morrisville will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The event includes free pizza, karate lessons and a chance to win a Kindle, pizza parties, gift certificates and other items. Pro Martial Arts is a national martial arts franchise that specializes in character

education. It also offers the ARMOR program, which aims to keep kids safe from predators, dangerous adult behavior and bullying. The Morrisville location is at 1004 Lower Shiloh Way, Morrisville.

In Cary, the town’s MLK Jr. Dreamfest: An Arts Tribute to Martin is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Cary Arts Center. The event includes dance, spoken word and song, along with a Family Frolic Dance Mix by DJ Tay.

Monday is the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For more events on Monday, read this earlier post.

The Carolina Hurricanes offer a series of Family Night packages. The next one is for the 5 p.m., Sunday, game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The packages start at $99 (plus fees) and include four tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four drinks. The remaining Family Nights are Feb. 8, March 16 and April 3.

Finally … they are still skating in downtown Raleigh and the American Tobacco Campus. Here's more about Raleigh’s Winterfest outdoor ice rink. Click here for more about The Ice Factory in Durham. The Ice Factory closes Jan. 20. Winterfest closes Feb. 1

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