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Presale tickets on sale now for $18 ($20 day of)
32 MC's will be competing in ciphers, battles and various freestyle challenges
for a chance to win $300 cash and promotions from Wreck Shop Movement.
2. Joey SLLiks
3. Bos The Rapper
4. MC Meta
5. Kinetik Dialekt
6. Seti Tzu
7. Joey Marino
9. James EPB
12. Busy Bars
13. Suicide Child
14. B Mugz
15. Time Zone
16. Aaron King
20. Jon Regul
21. Chatham The Sun
22. Ryan Dragon
23. Jay Dove
24. Venzy the Kid
25. Andy O
26. Pat G
28. Rizz Goblin
32. Chronic Tone
Champ Chuck of OverDog Radio
DJ Lady Gemini (Felicia Sinatra) of The UrbN Pulse
Michelle La Poetica of Dencity Radio / Wreck Shop Movement
Hosted by Mr.PSA with D.j. Slipwax on the 1's and 2's.
Doors open at 8pm / $15 cover / 21+ event
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Instructor Sidney Cocchia holds Clefthon Verdiu’s right hand to block and left hand to strike. Photo by Bob Roche
By Jessie Nocella
LYNN — If Bruce Lee could do it, these Lynn youth can do it too.
“Some kids were bullying me at school, so I like that I’m learning how to protect myself,” Clefthon Verdieu, 9, said.
Verdieu is one of 12 children who attend a free Wing Chun martial arts class put on by Centerboard Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides family housing services, education and youth programs. Wing Chun is a Chinese-based form of self-defense for close range combat that has been associated with Lee’s famous style of fighting.
The class for children age 9 to 15 is held at Visionspace Gallery every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. It was initiated by Justice Born, community engagement coordinator, to help teach kids self defense. More than half the students live in family housing. Lynn resident Born has also created many other weekly events, including drum workshops, art classes, break dancing classes and a youth open mic night.
Joseph Castillo, Wing Chun teacher for Centerboard Inc., is the ideal mentor, considering he knows the struggles of an unstable upbringing. He learned the unorthodox style of self-defense from a friend about four years ago.
“I was a disenfranchised youth myself; I didn’t have a mother or father growing up,” Castillo said. “I grew up with my grandmother, and she couldn’t do a lot of things with me, and I got into a lot of trouble as a child. I just want to give back.”
The classes show the children discipline and the awareness to think before they act, he said. Castillo said martial arts is as much a mental activity as a physical pursuit.
“The balance is the main thing in Wing Chun,” he said. “Because it’s about the transfer of energy.”
Jazmin Taylor, 10, showed off her balancing skills and following certain stances. Taylor said she enjoys the judgment free zone, where she can be herself.
“I like making new friends and coming back for the youth open mic at the end of the week,” she said.
The youngsters diligently practiced during the hour class, finally perfecting their poses. They would repeat directions back to Castillo like “palm,” “turn” and “grab.”
Bradley Nicosia, 11, has been to three classes and was focused on each new position he was taught. Nicosia said he has learned to block better.
“I’d be able to get someone into some sort of lock instead of physically harming them,” he said.
Born plans to continue the class through the fall. Adult classes for Wing Chun are also offered every Tuesday at Visionspace for $15 per person, per class. To register or for more information, call 339-883-2422.
Our newest member, spoken word poet & visual artist Jessie Nocella was inducted into the movement on January 20th at our weekly open mic & showcase "Live From The Underground" at Opus Underground in Salem, MA. Jessie has been a major supporter and participant for a long time and we've welcomed her into the family as an official representative. Make sure you check out her instagram to see more of her amazing artwork
Content curated by Justice Born