Building inner strengthWhether you’re looking for an exercise routine the whole family can enjoy or a chance to compete, Inner Strength Martial Arts offers it. Owner Robert Mrotek brings 21 years of martial arts experience to his classes at 1210 Tower Ave. That, said students, makes Inner Strength stand out.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Whether you’re looking for an exercise routine the whole family can enjoy or a chance to compete, Inner Strength Martial Arts offers it. Owner Robert Mrotek brings 21 years of martial arts experience to his classes at 1210 Tower Ave. That, said students, makes Inner Strength stand out.
“This is the best martial arts gym in the Northland,” said Robert Tahtinen, who has earned two mixed martial arts titles. He said he’s been to all of the gyms, and Inner Strength is tops.
The studio opened in October 2009. Currently, Mrotek offers karate classes for the entire family as well as training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, Mrotek decided to focus on youth and school safety. He is offering reduced-price classes to children age 15 and younger, teachers, law enforcement officers and firefighters. It is, he said, a chance to give back, promote youth confidence and maybe even save lives.
Like other businesses along Tower Avenue, Inner Strength Martial Arts will have the street pulled out from under it beginning in April. While the front door will no longer be accessible, Mrotek said there is plenty of parking behind the studio at 1210 Tower Ave. The back lot can be found by taking Ogden Avenue to either North 12th or North 13th street, then going down the alley behind the 1200 block. The Inner Strength back door will stand out to visitors. It features a mural of gi-clad students practicing martial arts. Created by St. Paul artist Erik Pearson in 2010, it was one of the first three “Back Door Project” murals to be painted in preparation for the Tower Avenue reconstruction project. Mrotek said he plans to add additional signage provided through the Superior Business Improvement District (BID).
Most current students already park in the back lot and use the colorful entrance, painted through a joint effort of the BID, Superior Arts District Development Committee and the Superior Council for the Arts. Mrotek encouraged new students to stop by as well. The Superior studio, will remain “open for business.”
And when construction is finished, Mrotek said he hopes it will not only encourage visitors to drop by Tower Avenue but also deal with local flooding issues.