Mobile Martial Arts moves into new dojo

| August 8, 2016

COSHOCTON – After hours and hours of hard work Mobile Martial Arts has tripled if not quadrupled its training space.

Owners Jim Wilson and Brad Birkhimer recently moved their dojo from 406 ½ Main St. down to the former Party Package location at 408 Main St. where they have more room to train and can take on more students.

“We’ve been on Main Street a little over a year now, but two weeks after we opened (at our original location) we were pretty much maxed out on space,” Wilson said. “We had to put people on a list. We didn’t want to have to turn people away, but some we had to.”

He believes they should now be able to teach up to 20 kids and up to 50 adults.

Mobile Martial Arts offers Taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu and self defense classes. Their children’s classes are for ages 6-11 and adult classes start at age 12. This September they plan to also add a Little Dragons class for children ages 3-5 that will meet from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays.

“They will learn some techniques, but we will focus more on things like learning to pay attention, learning to sit still, sharing, working as a team and creativity. They will have fun, but still grow.”

While the main floor of the new dojo is ready for students, Wilson said they are still working on some pretty exciting features on the lower level. Downstairs they have plans to add a lounge area for adults, a kids play room that will also be a place to do homework and a weight room.

Another future plan is to have tournaments at the dojo.

“A lot of people that come here like to compete, but some just do it for the fitness aspect,” Wilson said. “You don’t have to compete if you don’t want to. A lot of parents like to have their kids do this because it helps with discipline and some have said it’s helped their kids not be the target of bullying anymore because of the confidence they show. We did a bullying prevention camp that went really well and hope to do another one soon.”

For more on Mobile Martial Arts, including pricing for classes, call 740-575-4232.

“This took a lot of cleaning and painting that parents and kids helped with, me and my wife did and Brad (Birkhimer) came in and helped with the floor,” Wilson said. “There were probably just 80 hours in painting. It took eight codes to get the red right, but it’s all going to look awesome when everything is completely done.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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