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Bangor Y's Martial Arts Camp

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MartialYou teams up with area martial artists to create an affordable experience for kids

BANGOR The Bangor Y is working in collaboration with MartialYou, Youngs MMA and Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to offer youth ages 7 to 18 a chance to experience a wide array of martial arts, including Taekwondo fundamentals, boxing basics, jiu jitsu for beginners, introduction to yoga and a leadership workshop. The class is being offered Aug. 19 through 23. The five-day camp is only $50 for members of the Y and $80 for non-members for the entire week. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the day is broken up into different classes, ranging between 30 to 45 minutes with plenty of breaks in between.

Shawn Hill founder of MartialYou said the collaboration was a natural fit. Hill had worked with Young's MMA and Gracie Barra (Chris Young and Eduardo Benjamin) and was impressed with not only their level of skill, but their positive attitude that made it an easy decision to work with them.

The multi-discipline approach was an easy decision for Hill.

'We spread it out because there is no one style that represents all martial arts and no one martial art is perfect for everybody. They [the students] should realize there is more than one style,' he said. 

Hill noted that despite being focused around martial arts, the leadership training is vital to the camp as well. The leadership seminar is being led by Eric Taylor and will including reflecting on what was learned throughout the day as well as discussing aspects of personal and social responsibility, leadership skills and situational awareness.

'There is no magic bullet to curing today's social issues. One thing martial arts does is gives a positive opportunity for youth to focus on improving themselves,' said Hill. 'When you have kids learn to respect others, they work with you and they don't seem like a target for bullying or feel the need to bully.'

Due to its nature, some people view martial arts as an inherently violent sport. But Hill disagrees, saying that martial arts are more about nonviolence and avoiding conflict.

'The foundation is defense and avoiding violence to begin with. It has nothing to do with going out and trying to incite a violent situation,' he said.

For more information about the camp, visit, call 941-2808 or email Shawn Hill at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

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