DALTON — The community was invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a mix of martial arts demonstrations, children’s activities and live music at UTA Dalton on Saturday, Feb. 20.
The event was organized by Jennie Petrone, owner of W.E. Integrate Health, LLC, which shares the building with UTA (United Tang Soo Do Alliance), a mixed martial arts academy, on North Turnpike Road.
Senior Master Bruce Steele, who instructs Tang Soo Do, gave a lecture about how inner strength could be more effective than outer strength and demonstrated board breaking using his “strength within.”
The event also featured live performances from local musicians.
When it was Petrone’s turn to do a presentation on the mat, she talked about Eastern medicine, which utilizes natural ingredients. She used bottles of tea pills, herbs, and ginger as visual aids to show the Chinese system of healing, which originated over 2,000 years ago.
“Food and medicine come from the same source,” she said.
Petrone is a licensed practitioner of Oriental medicine and a licensed athletic trainer.
Children’s activities included making Chinese lanterns out of paper bags and decorating them with crayons and ribbons.
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