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Self-Defense Seminar Being Held for Breast Cancer Awareness

by Stephanie Mills
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - In honor of breast cancer awareness, Matthews Martial Arts is holding a free self-defense seminar. But it's more than just learning how to fight.

Monica Morse, who is the co-owner and an instructor at the dojo, says this event truly hits close to home. A member, who had been with Matthews Martial Arts studio since the beginning, passed away earlier this year due to breast cancer.

"Originally we just put our pink belts on and called everybody out and got the women together. It had a different meaning. This year, it had a total different twist for me," Morse said.

Cori had been part of the original six members that started at the dojo with the Lady Warriors. She helped to start up the "Fight Like a Girl" event. Now, a year later, Monica says this event is held in her honor.

"The Cori I know was strong and she fought and she was a competitor. So I wouldn't want it to be sad. It's bringing back the family united. So that was one thing that was really important to Cori, too. She did it with her son and daughter," Morse said.

Jason Matthews, the owner and chief instructor, opened the school in 2010. He says they teach many things to all ages but one main thing they try to do is give back to the community. One way they do that is with this seminar.

"It's awesome. It's one of my goals and passions is to give back to the community and be more than just your traditional karate instructor that just kicks and punches all day. But to make a difference. Black belt people but black belt people in life also," Matthews said.

Jason's wife, Melissa, also says, she enjoys being a part of the event. 

"Fun all the time, my friends and family are here at this school," Melissa said.

Monica has a goal for this year's "Fight Like a Girl." 

"What I do on a daily basis here, forget just this event, is I empower women everyday to take yourself to the front. You can't be your best unless you are doing things for you. You are taking care of you. So that's my goal," Morse said.

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