by Lisa Tome
"You can be awesome if you put your mind to it."
That's the view of Eric Kotkas, head instructor and owner of Rising Sun Martial Arts.
Kotkas and the studio's Demonstration Team will perform twice at the upcoming Rising Sun Health Fair.
They will not only emphasize martial arts training, the studio also provides self defense training. Students on the demo team will also show off their form as a group and individually. They will use swords and other weapons.
Kotkas said that the team is comprised of 15-20 people, ages 6-25. They represent a variety of skill levels - from beginner to black belt. "The health fair has been very gracious to us. We didn't receive their invitation this year and they followed up with us," said Kotkas.
"It's a really fun event for us. We enjoy the demonstrations and the vendors. It's a lot of fun," said Kotkas.
The annual event, sponsored by the Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce, is set for Friday, October 16 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The fair is held at Grace Bible Chapel, 1949 Biggs Highway from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
There will also be numerous vendors providing information and giveaways.
In addition to the demonstration by Rising Sun Martial Arts, there is a full slate of events. Beginning at 9 a.m., Sundance Studio will provide a senior circuit chair exercise demonstration. At 9:30 a.m., Union Oncology will provide a discussion regarding "Patient's Rights in Healthcare". The martial arts students perform at 10 a.m. "How to Stay Young the First 100 Years" will be presented by Fitchett Chiropractic Center. At 11 a.m., Union Hospital's Ear, Nose, and Throat presents "TMJ Disorder". The Hoppin' Hawks Jump Rope Team will perform at noon. Rising Sun Martial Arts will return at 12:30 p.m. Sundance Studios will have a student dance performance at 1 p.m.
In addition to the schedule of events and demonstrations, there will be flu shots for $20. There will also be information for veterans regarding healthcare.
There will be a broad range of free health screenings including stroke risk, skin cancer, mental status, pulmonary function test, vision screen, and blood pressure checks.