At work with Alison: martial arts instructor

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - Martial arts instructor Steve Teets began training in kung fu as a child.

Steve teaching reporter Alison Kaiser a kick for self-defense.

"I started right around five years old. My dad, he did several different forms of kung fu and of course, we watched [karate] movies as kids and wanted to do this stuff," he said.

As he advanced through the ranks of karate, Steve found a love for a form called Tang Soo Do.

"Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial arts, similar to Tai Kwan Do, but is geared more to tradition that sport."

In July, Steve, a second degree black belt, opened TNT Family Karate with his wife and his best friend.

"Everything families do anymore, they're staring at their phones all the time, and we'd had enough of it," he said, explaining what finally motivated them to open the training studio.

The instructor actually met his wife through karate. His wife, who didn't start learning karate until she was 30, was his instructor at one point.

For Steve, the studio is a way to share what he's learned and to help bring families together.

Whether its to learn self-defense, to grow confidence, or just for exercise, students come for a variety of reasons.

"I started because I was looking for a way to exercise that kept my interest," said Megan Boyle, a yellow belt student.

The instructor says some benefits of martial arts include helping kids with attention disorders and behavior problems, boosting self-confidence, helping kids who are being bullied, and teaching other life lessons.

For adults, karate can help increase focus, improve mobility and balance, and promote fitness and help with weight loss.

"I feel myself being more confident at work and in my social life," said Boyle.

Steve says he loves teaching karate because he's able to change students lives through health and discipline. Karate isn't just a sport, to Steve, it's a way of life.

"We won't award you a black belt, you won't earn one or buy one, you become a black belt," said Steve.