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Learning Self Defense with Michael Paredas

Learning Self Defense with Michael Paredas

Michael Paredas is far from your average salesman that works your traditional nine to five for five days a week. He currently has a new school opening up in Washington Township at the Bethany Community Center. While you might be thinking he provides students with business seminars and other useful information within the field he works in, his classes are quite different from what you would expect. Paredas actually hosts a karate school for all sizes and ages to attend in order to learn self-defense along with the art of the unarmed combat system.

In our interview, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino talked to Paredas about his love for the practice and how it has shaped his life today. Regarding how he began practicing karate, Paredas said, “I’ve always been interested in it. I’m a small guy, and its always been something on my mind. How do you protect yourself when you’re this big? Once I learned martial arts, I realized there’s so much attitude in it.”

Paredas, who also goes by Sensei Paredas, also noted that certain breathing techniques he learned in karate have helped him relax in everyday situations.

The school is not yet competing, but Paredas’s students have recently promoted from white belt to yellow belt.

His goals moving forward involve creating multiple schools and “bring self-defense to the forefront” for anybody. Paredas said, “If you watch the news and see what’s going on…I always say to myself, ‘Boy, if that person knew some basic self-defense, they could’ve saved their life.’”

If you’re interested in learning more about Paredas and/or joining his karate class, visit warriormartialarts.net or call (551)-404 -2043!

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Lisa Marie Latino

Lisa Marie Falbo (Latino) is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched Hip New Jersey a lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the television show’s executive producer and host. Hip New Jersey can be seen on HometowneTV, NJ on Air and HipNewJersey.com. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and on WFAN Sports Radio. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later. In 2017, “TYL” won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo. Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication.

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