Y Announces New Michigan City Elston Branch Taekwondo Program

By: La Porte County Family YMCA Last Updated: March 27, 2018

ymca-logo-red-orangeThe La Porte County Family YMCA proudly introduces Master Joe Lanning of Diamond Martial Arts, who recently launched his taekwondo program at the Y's Michigan City Elston branch.

Lanning is a Fifth Degree black belt and longtime student of Mary and Jerry Crosslin. Mary and Jerry have been teaching martial arts at the Y's La Porte branch for more than 25 years.

"We are very excited to become the martial arts program of the Michigan City Elston branch," says Lanning. "Our goal is to serve the community and provide martial arts classes that are life affirming, life saving and life enhancing."

Taekwondo sessions run continuously and last seven weeks. Classes at the Michigan City Elston branch take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Youth ages 6 to 12 meet from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and teens/adults ages 13 and up meet from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Lanning's program focuses on quality instruction and student safety. "We do all we can to make sure the class is a thorough and fun learning experience that builds character, confidence and self-respect," he says.

"Joe Lanning's taekwondo program is a wonderful addition to our Michigan City Elston branch," says Michelle Shirk, Y Development Director. "We hear amazing stories about the impact our La Porte program has had on families in our community, so we are delighted to have the opportunity to expand this program and make many more stories like this possible."

To register for taekwondo at the Michigan City Elston branch, please call (219) 221-4055 or visit the Member Services desk at any Y branch. Questions? Contact Kathy Workman, Program Director at kworkman@lpymca.org.