Samurai Inti Martial Arts seeing families train together

Samurai Inti Martial Arts trains about 100 students through its online classes. (Courtesy Samurai Inti Martial Arts)
Samurai Inti Martial Arts trains about 100 students through its online classes. (Courtesy Samurai Inti Martial Arts)

Samurai Inti Martial Arts trains about 100 students through its online classes. (Courtesy Samurai Inti Martial Arts)

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Professor Sebastian Mejias said he has seen young siblings and parents join student training classes offered online while the school is closed during the coronavirus outbreak. (Courtesy Samurai Inti Martial Arts)
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Samurai Inti Martial Arts began offering online classes on March 14. (Courtesy Samurai Inti Martial Arts)
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Samurai Inti Martial Arts is offering a full schedule of online classes for its students, who range from 4-year-olds to adults. (Courtesy Samurai Inti Martial Arts)
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Samurai Inti Martial Arts is offering a full schedule of online classes for its students, who range from 4-year-olds to adults. (Courtesy Samurai Inti Martial Arts)
Samurai Inti Martial Arts Professor Sebastian Mejias said he has witnessed his martial arts school’s online classes bringing families together while they are staying home.

“What we have seen is the little kids have been training with the parents,” Mejias said. “We've seen lots of moms, and we also have seen little siblings in class. Parents seem to be happy, which makes us very happy. That's something we don't see a lot these days—families training together, which is very powerful.”

Since March 14, the Frisco martial arts school has offered a full schedule of classes for its students, who range from 4-year-olds to adults.

“We have lessons for little kids, beginners, intermediate, advanced [and] all the way through jui-jitsu,” Mejias said.

Program Director Chris Mejias said Samurai Inti Martial Arts has about 100 students in online classes, but those numbers could change as people take advantage of the school's free introductory offers.


“One of the things that we have done is reached out to some of our old students and people who are interested in martial arts,” Chris Mejias said. “[We are] offering them a free month of the virtual classes so they could try them out. We know a lot of kids are stir crazy at home, and hopefully this gives them something fun and educational to do besides their normal schoolwork.”

With all other recreational sports put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, Sebastian Mejias said parents have been pleased with the at-home training through the online classes.

“This is a great opportunity for people to actually practice on their own and get better on their own because they want to get better,” Sebastian Mejias said.

As experienced martial artists, the Mejias brothers said they are trying to maintain positive attitudes and share those with others.

“We have learned that with this coronavirus, people have to take care of themselves,” said Sebastian Mejias, who was one of 13 speakers at January’s first TEDxFrisco event. “We're doing everything we can for the kids to have a good time and the families to stay together. We’re going to get through this.”
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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