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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.

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Bringing Jiu Jitsu to ‘First Light’

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. First Light Academy, a fitness center that offers training in self-defense, combat sports, primal fitness and yoga, brings that sense of community and individual empowerment to Mosier, having moved there from Hood River last month.

February 6, 2018 1:12 p.m. read more..

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