WICHITA — A new martial arts school is opening in Occidental Management's Auburn Pointe development at 135th and Maple.
Chief Master Stephen Westbrook, an eighth-degree black belt, is opening Empower Martial Arts in early October.
He also has a school in Overland Park, as does Noeu Chan, who manages the schools.
"Our main base is teaching Songahm taekwondo," Chan says.
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That's a traditional form. Chan says the goal is to teach attitude, discipline and confidence.
He says students "can go anywhere and learn punching and kicking."
"Our school takes it one step further. We want to be leaders of today."
There are 1,200 Empower Martial Arts schools nationally.
Matt Hahn, one of Chan's students, will run the Wichita school.
"We want to offer a state-of-the-art training facility," Chan says.
He says he likes Auburn Pointe for its visibility and cleanliness. Chan says he wants to get away from the image of a martial arts studio being in a less-than-desirable neighborhood.
Occidental president Gary Oborny handled the deal.
The school has classes for all ages, starting at age 3.
Chan says the Auburn Pointe site won't be the only Empower Martial Arts in Wichita.
"We're planning on opening a few more in the Wichita area."