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Bringing Jiu Jitsu to ‘First Light’

Coaches Jodi Morningstar (left) and Alex Evans (center) observe Leslyn Entriken and Denise Endow while they practice a grappling move during an adult Jiu Jitsu class. First Light’s classes typically follow the same basic schedule: students start off with warm up exercises, then the coach runs students through drills of new moves before giving them the chance to spar with each other.

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Coaches Jodi Morningstar (left) and Alex Evans (center) observe Leslyn Entriken and Denise Endow while they practice a grappling move during an adult Jiu Jitsu class. First Light’s classes typically follow the same basic schedule: students start off with warm up exercises, then the coach runs students through drills of new moves before giving them the chance to spar with each other.



From the outside, grappling martial arts like Jiu Jitsu look a lot like rough-play and intense hugging — but insiders experienced with the sport know that it’s an inclusive community that bonds athletes at all levels through mutual empowerment...

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