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Martial arts a kick for Morris instructor

Dave Lindberg found so much in his practice of martial arts that no matter what other pursuits he's had, he kept coming back to one idea.

Now, he's about to see that idea reach fruition.

Lindberg is opening the Morris Karate School, sharing space with the Footnotes Studio of Dance, at their new location in the City Center Mall.

"This is really what I've always wanted to do," Lindberg said. "I'll try to make a full-time gig out of it."

Tae Kwon Do classes start Jan. 8 and are open to people age 4 and older. Registration is Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City Center Mall location.

People also can register on-line at, or by calling (320) 585-5823.

Lindberg lives in Morris with his wife, Wendy, and family.

He first learned Tae Kwon Do in his Blaine hometown in 1993, and it didn't take long for his avocation to become his passion.

By 1996, he was teaching Tae Kwon Do, and when he joined the Army he continued on, teaching self-defense classes from 2001 to 2005 at bases where he was stationed, including during more than a year in Baghdad. He served in Iraq from March 2003 to April 2004.

"When I started, I could really see the value in it," said Lindberg, who tests for his second-degree black belt in January. "When you start as a kid, you gain a lot of cool things like confidence and leadership skills. It helped me with things in the real world."

Martial arts have the potential to produce many benefits, including improve fitness, strength, coordination, fortitude and focus, Lindberg said.

Also training can be a good time, he said, allowing participants to join a group activity that builds friendships and camaraderie, he said.

That's something Lindberg couldn't imagine finding in a corporate job.

"I always said when I saved enough money, I'd drop that (job) and open a school," he said.