The Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department is offering martial arts classes this fall. The first session of fall classes began recently at the Community Recreation Building. The classes are scheduled to take place outside of the building in nearby Lions Park, but they were moved inside last week because of inclement weather. Master Tony Perkins, in cooperation with Eagle Academy of Martial Arts, employs his 25 years of teaching experience to create a safe, fun and enriching experience for children of all ages. Perkins is pictured with 10-year-old Max Hylton during one of the recent classes. Participants learn the dynamic punches and kicks of the Korean art of Tang Soo Do, along with the practical self-defense applications of Hapkido. Classes are designed to instill confidence, promote self-discipline and improve physical fitness and concentration of students at any ability level. The next session of classes, from Nov. 30 to Feb. 22, is open for registration. Classes are available for participants from age 4 to adult. For more information, call 630-834-8525, or visit


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