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MMA not just for fighters

Classes offer fitness and confidence, too

Published: Sunday, June 29, 2014 10:22 p.m. CDT
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(Lathan Goumas - lgoumas@shawmedia.com)
Ron Hill demonstrates a mixed martial arts fighting technique on Autumn Matan as her daughters Cheridan, 12, and Ashley, 16, watch during a class June 23 at SUDA International Training Center in Joliet. Matan began training with her elder daughter in 2008 after trying more traditional means of getting in shape; within a year she had lost 140 pounds.
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Ashley Matan, 16, and her mother Autumn pause for a moment during a mixed martial arts class June 23 at SUDA International Training Center in Joliet.
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Autumn Matan (left) works on mixed martial arts techniques with her daughter Ashley, 16, while working out June 23 at SUDA International Training Center in Joliet.
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(Lathan Goumas - lgoumas@shawmedia.com)
Autumn Matan (center) and her daughters Cheridan (left), 12, and Ashley (right), 16 watch as techniques are demonstrated during a mixed martial arts class June 23 at SUDA International Training Center in Joliet.
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(Lathan Goumas - lgoumas@shawmedia.com)
Ashely Matan, 16, and her mother Autumn at their lockers during a mixed martial arts class June 23 at SUDA International Training Center in Joliet.
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(Lathan Goumas - lgoumas@shawmedia.com)
Autumn Matan works on mixed martial arts techniques June 23 with her daughter Ashley, 16, while working out at SUDA International Training Center in Joliet.
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Autumn Matan laughs with her daughter Asheley, 16, and mixed martial arts instructor James Hill during a June 23 class at SUDA International Training Center in Joliet.

RINGWOOD – A hands-on workshop will give teachers the background to build a native garden with their students back at their own school.

The program will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1 at Glacial Park's Lost Valley Visitor Center in Ringwood.

Participants will learn about the native plants and local Great Lakes habitats as a basis for interdisciplinary kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum activities, teacher professional development and citizen science. 

The program is collaboration with the Arboretum at University of Wisconsin, Lake County Forest Preserve and Earth Partnership for Schools. It's funded in part by the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Great Lakes Earth Partnership Institutes will provide participants with the Great Lakes-EPS K–12 Curriculum Guide and Resource Binder, continental breakfast, snacks and supplies for the week

The cost is $100 per teacher, and each school will receive $150 for their school grounds project. Teachers can receive graduate credit from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; all fees have been waived. The program also translates to 45 continuing professional development units.

For more information, contact Education Outreach Coordinator Mary Kozub at the McHenry County Conservation District at 815-678-4532, extension 8117.

The deadline to register is July 20.

- Northwest Herald

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