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Martial arts relieve his stress and prolong his life

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WENATCHEE — A veteran of two wars, Louis Barrier started taking martial arts classes in 1988 as a way to channel his aggression and manage post traumatic stress. It was a good endeavor then and it’s a good one now, said Barrier, who recently resumed the discipline he left behind more than 20 years ago.

Now, at age 83, he hopes to earn a black belt in the Korean karate discipline of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, becoming one of the oldest people in the Northwest region to do so.

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