Harker Heights can expect to hear a lot more “Hi-yah!”s in the near future, as Legacy Martial Arts plans to open its doors for classes of all age groups on Oct. 3.
While Legacy is technically new to Harker Heights, many Heights residents knows the couple that owns and operates the studio from training with them at Hamm’s Martial Arts Studio in Killeen, which had a community-wide yard sale Sunday to prepare for the move.
Despite not typically being open on Sundays, people were coming and going from Hamm’s all day long to browse the items being sold.
The funds being raised by the studio are going toward the purchase of new equipment for use at their new location. The studio is currently located at 3716 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Killeen, and many Heights residents attend classes there.
“We are actually moving to right across the street from Harker Heights High School,” owner Chris Hamm said. “We are also going through a bit of a rebranding at the new location, too; it won’t be Hamm’s Martial Arts Studio in Heights, but Legacy Martial Arts. And the new area is just a much more visible location right there on (Farm-to-Market) 2410. Plus, it’s not like we are moving very far; out of 150 students, only three have really said that it might be problem for them.”
Despite still being easily accessible by the Killeen community, Chris calls the move “bittersweet.”
“I grew up in Nolanville but I moved to Killeen when I was a teenager,” he said. “Killeen is just Killeen; it’s home to me.”
Chris and his wife, Amanda, have always been big proponents of bringing the community together, which is another reason they say the move is hard.
“We have been at this location for five years, and for five years we have organized the Break-a-thon charity event here in Killeen,” Amanda said.
Break-a-thon is a free event for the community which takes donations from guests to help raise money for charities.
Taking place in May, the event traditionally offers food, contests, and martial arts demonstrations and board breaking.
“At the last Break-a-thon we raised money for the American Cancer Society,” Amanda said. “We haven’t picked a charity yet this year, but we will still be holding Break-a-thon.”
Chris said the turnout for the yard sale surprised him with how soon people showed up to look around the business.
“As soon as I pulled up this morning, before I even finished putting the signs up that we were having a yard sale, people were asking me if they could go inside and start looking,” he said.
“We have already sold maybe two-thirds of our big items, and I wasn’t really expecting much of a crowd until after church.”
Chris said he and his students are ready for the move. “We are still going to be able to keep most of our students, that’s no problem for them or us,” he said.
“Most of the classes are full right now, but people are always welcome to come to the studio and try it out.”
Hamm’s Martial Arts Studio is currently open Monday through Saturday, and Legacy Martial Artis will keep the same schedule.
It also offers classes to children as young as 3 years old all the way to adults in their mid-50s.
The studio also offers a trial program, which allows potential students to take two classes free before deciding if they want to sign up.