MKC pays tribute to the spirits of friends and family who have died.
November 2, 2016
Jiu-jitsu training brings physical fitness and character building to MKC teens
January 28, 2016
Jiu-jitsui takes training, concentration, practice, and patience. Discipline is far more important to victory than size; determination more important than emotion. These are some of the lessons that William Von Hoene and Ricardo Betancur teach a group of MKC teens on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Von, a lawyer at Jenner & Block by day, has been practicing the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu and competing at the highest levels since childhood, earning him purple belt status. Knowing firsthand the many benefits of the training, Von felt compelled to share his passion and introduce teens to an ancient martial art that many had never heard of. The teens have responded warmly to his patient manner and meticulous instruction, and they are absorbing all the lessons he has to offer. He and Ricardo are impressed with the potential of the MKC program, despite its being in its infancy. Freshman Alexa Boxley commented, “It’s amazing! I have learned self-defense. I’m really excited about this opportunity, and I feel more confident!” Amy Eckhouse, MKC program director, is delighted to welcome Von and Ricardo to the Center and grateful for their willingness to share their talents with our teens.