Elk­ton stu­dio teaches prac­ti­cal self de­fense

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Del­Mar Krav Maga is a mar­tial arts stu­dio on a mis­sion to teach chil­dren, teens, women and men the fine art of self de­fense with an em­pha­sis on ag­gres­sion, neu­tral­iza­tion, de­fense and of­fense.

“I want my stu­dents to be pre­pared for the worstcase sce­nario,” said Ed Maisonet, a black belt in Krav Maga, who re­cently moved to Ce­cil County from New York City.

He part­nered with one of his for­mer stu­dents, Charles Tay­lor Bracken, to open a stu­dio at 175 Fletch­wood Road, Suite A, about two months ago.

Since open­ing, the classes are fill­ing up and he hopes to gain a larger fol­low­ing.

ELK­TON

Bracken and Maisonet met sev­eral years ago when Bracken was liv­ing in New York and en­rolled in one of Maisonet’s classes at his Staten Is­land stu­dio. Af­ter Bracken, who has since earned a brown belt, moved to Mary­land six years ago he re­mained in contact with Maisonet. He also started teach­ing a few classes in Krav Maga at a space he sub­let from Cross Fit Eq­uity in Elk­ton, but his full- time job pre­vented him from tak­ing on more stu­dents.

Maisonet de­cided to leave New York last year to travel and re­lo­cate. On his trav­els, he stopped in Ce­cil County to teach a guest class for Bracken, which even­tu­ally led to a de­ci­sion to stay here and part­ner in a stu­dio.

Maisonet is pas­sion­ate about teach­ing peo­ple to pro­tect them­selves.

“I want to give peo­ple the tools to han­dle ha­rass­ment, abuse or bul­lies,” he said. “I call it life de­fense.”

Maisonet said ev­ery­one needs to know how to han­dle a bully or an ag­gres­sor, even one that has a weapon. His lessons will arm stu­dents with self con­fi­dence and knowl­edge to dif­fuse a sit­u­a­tion be­fore it escalates, or han­dle it quickly if i- t does es­ca­late, Maisonet added.

Maisonet, who de­scribes him­self as a Puer- to Ri­can Jew grow­ing up in New York City, dis­cov­ered Krav Maga 13 years ago.

“Its history goes back to tech­niques used to train the Is­raeli De­fense Forces,” he said. “It com­bines moves from judo, box­ing, wrestling and fight train­ing. The He­brew words of Krav Maga trans­lates as ‘ contact com­bat.’”

Re­sis­tance is some­times enough, said Maisonet, who teaches his stu­dents how to draw the line.

“Bad things hap­pen ev­ery day and we have to be aware of our sur­round­ings,” he said.

A lot of what he teaches com­bines men­tal and phys­i­cal strength.

Bracken said he got in­ter­ested in it as a way to pro­tect him­self while liv­ing in New York City.

“I fell in love with it,” he said. “I went three times a day, five days a week when I started.”

Bracken says Maisonet is his men­tor.

John Webb, of Elk­ton, is en­rolled at Del­Mar now, but says he started a few years ago with Bracken at the Cross Fit Eq­uity gym.

“It’s the real thing,” Webb said. “He’s a great teacher.”

Do­minick Tomlinson, 13, and his brother Rocco, 11, en­rolled at Del­Mar in Septem­ber as a phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity since nei­ther boy par­tic­i­pates in sports. Their mother drives them a cou­ple times a week from Ox­ford, Pa.

“They’ve made progress,” she said.

“I love it,” Rocco said and his brother nod­ded in agree­ment.

Right now the fee to join is $ 60 a month and will likely go up to $ 75 a month in Jan­uary. Mem­ber­ship en­ti­tles par­tic­i­pants to at­tend as many classes as they can dur­ing the month up to about 20 that are avail­able for beginners. There are about 32 classes avail­able for in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 917- 681- 6593. great

CE­CIL WHIG PHO­TOS BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Black belt in­struc­tor Ed Maisonet re­cently opened Del­Mar Krav Maga stu­dio in Elk­ton.

Stu­dents prac­tice krav maga tech­niques at Del­Mar Krav Maga stu­dio in Elk­ton.

Dominic Tomlinson, left, prac­tices krav maga with his brother Rocco Tomlinson un­der the tute­lage of Ed Maisonet at the Del­Mar stu­dio on Fletch­wood Road.

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