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Itâ€™s Tuesday night, and Newton Martial Arts Soke Paul Langford is getting the senior division ready for class.
â€śEverybody get up, letâ€™s go,â€ť he said.
A handful of students of various ages and colorful belts dress, line up and start stretching.
For the most part, itâ€™s a normal Tuesday night for the veteran Newton group. However, the surroundings are different.
Newton Martial Arts (NMA) kicked its way into a new facility in 2012, giving the groupâ€™s instructors, students and parents more space and better amenities to practice their custom Teashikido style of Karate.
In addition to new utility and storage areas, the 4,000-square-foot facility offers a diversity of flooring, including hard tile and a large, Astroturf-like surface for one-on-one practice.
â€śThe padding itself is the size of the old school,â€ť Langford said.
NMA officially opened the doors to its new facility at 118 E. 1st St. on Jan. 3 after more than 20 years on â€śAâ€ť street just a few blocks away. Langford said the old facility will remain open and be used as a â€śflow-overâ€ť area.
â€śIt was getting to the point that we were outgrowing it,â€ť Langford said. â€śWe needed more space.â€ť
After perusing several potential move sites, NMA chose to remain in Newton and move into a building formerly owned and used by Almanâ€™s Home Furnishings.
The building, which was once a furniture show room, eventually became a storage space over the years, Langford said.
NMA instructors and students helped clean the old building before it opened in January, including 72 hours to clean the floors alone.
â€śThe floors are about 40 years old and had 10-15 years of furniture sliding across them,â€ť he said.
Brooke Randall, a freshman at Bandys High School, has been attending NMA for more than eight years. She said the clean-up effort was quite a process.
â€śIt took a lot of cleaning,â€ť she said. â€śI vacuumed the carpet and had to wash the toilet.â€ť
Randall, an advanced red belt, is two belts away from black. She said the new facility is a lot better.
â€śI love how it has gotten bigger and there is more space to (practice),â€ť she said.
Randallâ€™s father, Sensei Jimmy Randall, agrees that the space is more appropriate for classes that continue to grow.
â€śItâ€™s really been a blessing to our teaching,â€ť Jimmy said. â€śWe can give back even more now. They get the gist of working on different floors, which provides practice with different balance issues.â€ť
NMA has had an influx of new students since opening the new facility â€” six new students in the childrenâ€™s class and five new students in the senior division.
â€śWe have people stop in on the street and watch,â€ť Jimmy said. â€śWe have people come in and out to talk about it even while weâ€™re cleaning.â€ť
Anthony Church, a brown belt at NMA, has practiced in the old and new facilities.
â€śHere, we are able to spend a lot more quality time one-on-one,â€ť Church said. â€śThey did such a good job with the place. These instructors really care about what they are doing and it bleeds all over the place.â€ť
Newton Martial Arts meets Tuesdays through Thursdays. The childrenâ€™s class starts at 5:30 p.m., and the senior division begins at 7 p.m. For more information visit newtonmartialarts.com or find NMA on Facebook by searching Newton Martial Arts.