Monday, October 27, 2008

Martial Arts Program at Electra

We are proud to be partnering with Ancient Ways Martial Arts, the premier martial arts school in Manatee County. Ancient Ways will start offering martial arts classes at Electra on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Nov. 4. Follow this link to view the class schedule and fees.

Want to meet the instructors and learn more? Come to the club this Saturday, Nov. 1, 1 pm -3 pm to preview Ancient Ways' teaching style.

Here's what Master Boon Brown, founder of Ancient Ways, had to say about his school's method of teaching:
"Ancient Ways was founded with the idea of teaching martial arts techniques that will work, and the best way to do that is to teach each student as an individual. This is the core fundamental ideal behind the Celtic Martial Arts and Ancient Ways. We won’t teach you what we are great at doing, we are going to teach you what you can be great at doing. We believe what helps any art to grow is its exposure to the expressive difference in the artists. Martial Arts are no different. We have many students that have trained in other systems and found them to be impractical, too easy, or the instructor was too dogmatic. They now are our biggest advocates."

About The Instructors:
Master Boon Brown, founder of Ancient Ways, was raised learning the Celtic Martial arts from his family and is currently the only Professional Instructor in the country that teaches in this method. He was a World Champion in Tae Kwon Do earning a 4th Degree Black Belt in that discipline. He also earned a Black Belt in Hapkido. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Recreational Therapy. He worked for 2 years as a Recreational Therapist in a psych hospital where he had hundreds of real life self defense encounters. He learned in that environment which techniques his instructors had taught him were worthy and the ones that weren’t.

Sensei Phil Penticost has been a student of Master Brown’s for many years and an assistant instructor for two years now. He is a certified Ancient Ways Instructor and has completed all the course work for the Professional Martial Arts Teachers College as well as the American Top Team Instructor Training Course. Before training with Master Brown he trained for ten years in Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu in Ireland. His presentation and presence is always uplifting, motivating and inspiring.

For more information, call Electra Health Club & Spa at 729-6900 or you can call Ancient Ways directly at 756-0800 or visit their website at

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