WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–Kickboxing is a sport that has taken off in recent years and one spot in the Cape Fear is not letting covid get in the way of lessons.
Kelvin Bass is a coach at Hammer Muay Thai Kickboxing in Wilmington. Covid-19 shut down their gym nearly four months ago and they knew they had to find a new way to teach. That’s when he decided it was time to take class outdoors.
“It’s been real difficult, but you know as a martial artist we can make it happen anywhere,”says Bass. “You know as you see were doing it in front of our complex.”
For the past three months Bass has been teaching kids kickboxing from the parking lot in front of his home. It may not be the idea situation, but the parents are glad there is something to give their kids a sense of normalcy.
“Deklin was in gymnastics and dance and he was going to school. He was supposed to enter kindergarten and everything is just put on hold,”says Kasey Galvin. “This is the one thing that’s given him some sense of stability and were just so grateful that Kelvin’s been there to help.”
Schools have been out since mid-March and Bass says it was important to keep that connection with the kids. In his program the focus isn’t only on kickboxing, it involves much more in developing the children for life.
“My program is all about manners, discipline, respect,and school work is very important,”says Bass. “You know being an athlete you still have to be smart and do school work as well.”
Right now, they are holding classes two days a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. The parents of the kids say even with the change of pace they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s worth sweating as long as like I said we are giving our kids a sense of normalcy.”
Bass says they are anxious to get back in the gym, but understand the current health concerns. Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that gyms will remain closed for the foreseeable future.