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Biola’s Martial Arts Club

Learning lessons through martial arts.
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If you are interested in getting active and learning some self-defense, check out the Martial Arts Club, run by senior psychology major Joy Phillipps.


Phillipps started the club in Fall 2023. As president and founder of the club, she is in charge of leading all the meetings, which involve teaching and planning games to create a fun space for everyone. However, Phillipps’ love for martial arts began before the formation of the club.

“I joined a homeschool karate program back in fifth grade,” Phillipps said. “After the person who was teaching it graduated, he invited us to his studio and my sisters and I were the only ones that continued doing it. We just kept up with the program and my mom eventually joined too and we all got our black belts.”

Martial arts is more than a physical activity; it is an opportunity to learn important lessons. 

“Something that I love about martial arts is that it teaches you about life and how to persevere but also how to interact with others,” Phillipps said. “One of the biggest parts of martial arts is getting back up once you get knocked down, whether you’re doing take-downs, sparring or grappling. It’s going to hurt, but you just have to keep going. Life is hard. We have to keep going and take the punches as they come[…] Martial arts has taught me to keep fighting even when it hurts and to push through life’s challenges.”


The Martial Arts Club meets every Thursday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Soubirou 202 and anyone is welcome. Phillipps begins the meeting with a “huddle,” providing a time for members to socialize with each other. After this, they move into a time of practice, working on things such as boxing techniques and combos, kicking, self-defense or takedowns.

“The goal of the club was for me to be able to share my love for martial arts with others while also creating a space where people can come together and engage in community,” Phillipps said. “I have loved seeing people consistently come every week and watch them share in my passion for martial arts. I hope people will be inspired to pursue the things they are passionate about and be willing to put themselves out there.”

To find out more about the Martial Arts Club, send an email to [email protected]

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Shelby LaPorte
Shelby LaPorte, Staff Writer
Shelby LaPorte is a freshman journalism major with a concentration in writing and publishing. She loves to read, paint, draw, watch movies and shows and go on adventures with her friends. I was born and raised in Fremont, California, about an hour's drive from San Francisco. I’ve moved a total of five times throughout my life and two of these happened in the last three years. I never moved far and remained in the same school district my whole life. Growing up, I spent my time dancing and swimming. These were my great passions for a long time. The summer after I had graduated from high school, I was given a letter that I had written to myself in 6th grade. In this letter, I wrote that I was going to go to Biola. This goes to show that I had known for a long time that Biola was the school for me. I remember visiting the school when I was around ten years old and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it. Biola felt like home and from that moment on I knew exactly where my life was going in terms of college.  Though I’ve always loved reading and writing, I never imagined that I would become a journalist. Like a lot of young girls, I dreamed of being a professional ballerina and when that fizzled out, I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. At some point, I moved beyond these unlikely dreams and landed on nursing. I had no reasoning or understanding of why I wanted to become a nurse, but my mind had been made up. When I came to Biola last fall, I began my nursing journey. However, about halfway through the semester, I took a moment to think about what I was doing and realized this wasn’t where I was meant to be. I stumbled upon the idea that journalism may be the career path for me and this semester is my first as a journalism major. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for me for the rest of my time at Biola.
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