News Briefs Thursday – January 05, 2006

• Beachfront yoga classes are in Waimea

• Women’s self-defense class to start

• Canoe race Sunday to Port Allen

Beachfront yoga classes are in Waimea

Ocean-front yoga classes are offered at Waimea Plantation Cottages, through instructors with Hart-Felt Massage & Day Spa, also at Waimea Plantation Cottages off Kaumuali‘i Highway in Waimea.

The classes are Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

For more information, please call 338-2240.

Women’s self-defense class to start

Cynthia Madden, a certified black belt instructor, begins a new round of self-defense classes for women on Jan. 10.

The classes, to be held at Universal Karate of Kauai on Rice Street in Lihu‘e, are for females ages 12 and up.

There is a charge, and space is limited. The classes will be from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Feb. 28.

“The last class was great, and the women left really strong and confident,” she said.

Women’s self-defense is a combination of physical and psychological techniques used to protect women from rape and violent crimes, she explained.

This self-defense class includes the following and much more: basic punching, blocking, choke defense, grab defense, and ground defense, where participants will get exercise as well as learn to fight; identifying and utilizing common weapons (car keys, etc.); mental training, knowing the predator’s mind, and when to fight back; and knowing your own mind and whether you have the traits that a predator looks for when selecting a victim.

Madden holds three firstplace titles in women’s blackbelt fighting, has trained in the martial arts for 15 years, and has been testing in real-life, selfdefense circumstances, she said.

Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Please call 245-7744 for registration and more information.

Canoe race Sunday to Port Allen

The starting locations are the beach off the Sheraton Kauai Resort, and Kukui‘ula Small Boat Harbor, for the YMCA Kauai Hoe Wa‘a OC-1, Surfski and Paddle Board Season Opener, this Sunday, Jan.

8, beginning at noon.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

at Kukui‘ula Small Boat Harbor, and the pre-race meeting for all participants is at 11:30 a.m., at Kukui‘ula Small Boat Harbor for short-course paddlers, and at the Sheraton Kauai Resort for long-course paddlers.

The finish line is at Port Allen.

All OC-1, OC-2, surfski and paddle boarders are encouraged to compete.

There will be food and refreshments offered at the finish line.

For more information and any updates, please call the race hotline, 635-0388.


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