A MARTIAL arts class for the over 50s will be launched in Teesdale.

Instructor Katey Wallace, who has taught for more than 20 years, is excited to start the new class at The Hub, Barnard Castle.

Sessions will held on Tuesdays between 10am and 11am, from January 29 and she hopes to see retired people and shift-workers take up the opportunity.

Mrs Wallace said: “People associate martial arts training with younger people but nothing could be further from the truth. The benefits of martial arts for older people are huge including better health, improved fitness, better memory, strengthening joints, coordination, flexibility and much much more. I'm hoping this class encourages parents and grandparents to step out their comfort zone, set themselves a challenge and have loads of fun while learning a new skill. Why let the young guns have all the fun.”

Mrs Wallace's oldest ever student was 92 and she knows of three people in their 70s who recently gained black belts.

She said: “Age is nothing but an attitude to learn is everything. I'm not looking for a big class just a handful of people who want to learn.”

Booking is essential and the cost is £25 for four lessons.

Call Mrs Wallace on 07901-650796 to reserve a place or register an interest in a future evening class.