Source:Martial Arts master Joseph Lewandowski and instructor Tim Faris perform a demonstration of martial arts weapons at House of Martial Arts in Plain City.
For Joseph Lewandowski, teaching martial arts is not just a job. It’s his lifestyle.
The 55-year-old Los Angeles native is bringing his passion to Plain City. His latest business venture, House of Martials Arts College, is opening next to Lovejoy’s Market this month.
Lewandowski describes martial arts excitedly with fast sentences, varied stories, slang and a great deal of respect for the masters who came before him.
He says there are many misconceptions about the tradition, which is practiced for self defense, military and law enforcement applications, as well as spiritual development.
“We don’t teach to fight,” he said. “We teach to protect.”
He spent more than 20 years overseas in Germany, Norway and Saudi Arabia working in the criminal investigation field. It was there that he honed his skills and opened his first businesses.
He describes his introduction to martial arts as a scene straight out of the movies.
One day in 1990, Lewandowski was walking through a dark alley in Germany. He saw a small lit sign advertising Kung Fu and walked into a garage. The rest is history.
Other than Bruce Lee, Lewandowski said he is the only American to have trained under legendary martial artist Wong Shun Leung.
He returned to the U.S. six years ago and settled in the Columbus area to be near family.
The business will teach five styles and nine techniques of martial arts, including Karate, Ving Tsun and Tae Kwon Do. Kung Fu is Lewandowski’s specialty. Weapons-based training is available for an additional fee.
All skill levels are accepted.
Teacher and students are sought to join the college. Lewandowski is also hoping to open facilities in London and Marysville over the coming months.
An open house will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Feb. 25. Demonstrations will take place with special guests.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-504-7429.
Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616 or on Twitter @Andee_Writes.