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July 24, 2014, 3:41 pm

Karate studio gives free services

Amerikick Karate Andorra, located at 8500 Henry Avenue, provides martial arts classes to help others around the area, especially children of all ages.

The classes may also provide further insight into getting healthy by giving visitors a chance to try out the cardio kickboxing options, which also teaches others how to be defensive and safe.

“We are a martial arts studio that specialized in kids’ karate starting at age 3,” said Al Kristoff, the owner of Amerikick Karate Andorra. “We do numerous stranger danger and anti-bullying programs in area schools, daycare centers and at our studio. We never charge any fee for our programs.”

Starting Jan. 12, the studio will hold a Children’s ID Kit Event, which will allow parents to bring their children in to get ID cards made for their own safety, and to teach them more about how to stay safe.

The next date for this event to occur will be Jan. 26, at the same locations. For children, between the ages of three and six, parents can get ID cards made, while older children, ages seven and older, can receive ID cards between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

The ID cards will include vital information for the child’s parent to have, including a photo, fingerprints and more.

“We have partnered with New York Life Insurance to do a free ID kit event for kids of all ages,” Kristoff said. “New York Life Insurance Company will be making ID cards from 9 a.m. until noon on both of these dates.”

This event is not just based on creating ID cards; Amerikick Karate Andorra also wants to give children the option to join a class that teaches how to avoid danger.

“We will also be doing stranger danger classes at 9:30 a.m., for ages 3 to 6 and at 10 a.m., for ages 7 and older,” Kristoff said. “We will also being doing additional classes throughout this time period as people arrive. These classes focus on helping kids identify who strangers are and how to avoid these types of situations. It also teaches the kids what to do if approached.”

There is no age limit for the various activities that will be provided. The two companies want children and parents to learn as much information as possible for their well-being.

“The children will learn some basic avoidance techniques, as well as getting exposure to martial arts,” Kristoff said.

Parents who would like more information about this event, or further events, can email Amerikick Karate Andorra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the studio at (215) 483-1800.