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Valley martial arts studio now streaming classes online due to coronavirus

Posted at 3:50 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 21:57:08-04

PHOENIX — The "normal" is mostly out of an Arizona family's day-to-day life.

But what if one thing could be consistent?

ABC15 got the chance to virtually take a class with one Valley martial arts studio that is now streaming their classes in real-time in order to keep a routine that students can keep looking forward to.

"Okay, everybody's getting back on with us now," said Master Michael Wykoff to the camera during a class last week. "Looks like Landon's here..."

Promptly at 4:00 p.m. every day, Master Wykoff of Core Strength Martial Arts in Phoenix says hello to the students who have tuned in via Facebook to take a class.

"We can't just close," Master Wykoff told ABC15. "We have so many students and so many children and parents just counting on us to just... just keep... maintain that semblance of normalcy to their life, right?"

To him, this is not a sport. It is a lifestyle that his students could use now more than ever.

"I said, 'You know what? We've gotta go online.' So, we tried this live stream and it's just taken off," Master Wykoff described. "I had no idea how big it was going to be."

The Facebook page is called CSMA Live! and students can request to join the group and watch the daily classes.

"Because of Facebook, they can comment now," Master Wykoff explained. "So, I mean, if one of my students or one of my little ones has a question they're like, 'Hey - I just saw you do this move, Master Wykoff. How do I make sure I'm doing it right?' and I can... my wife is standing by with a tablet, she lets me know and we're able to answer that in live time for everybody,"

Once class is over, he gives them a challenge to do over the next 24 hours.

"Something that they can video themselves doing and post online so that I know, not only are they participating in the stream but..they're staying on top of their martial arts," Master Wykoff said.

Master Wykoff said they will allow anyone who wants to try the class to come into the Facebook group. He asks that you try a class for free and see what you think. If you do like it, he hopes you will contact the studio and sign-up for classes.