Martial arts: Michael Evans

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Michael Evans works with Estavon Davis, 6, during a class at Master Evans Martial Arts in Medford.Jamie Lusch

A judo class in 1967 was the entrance to the martial-arts highway for Michael Evans. Along the way he's made stops for amateur boxing, jiu jitsu, karate and his mainstay, taekwondo.

A relative newcomer to Medford, Evans opened Master Evans Martial Arts and Family Fitness, 4400 Crater Lake Highway, in August 2010 after a 15-year teaching stint in Las Vegas. During his career, the seventh-degree taekwondo black belt estimates he's coached or trained nearly 90 world champions.

Evans personally teaches all his classes and has two goals for students.

"We call it 'family martial arts,' but at the same time it's 'reality martial arts.' We work them hard," Evans explains. "If a student leaves and he's not sweating, then I'm failing as an instructor."

"We use martial arts not only for competition," says Evans, "but also for street defense."

More: See or call 541-779-3060

Other favorites: Christine Kaeo-Payne, American Taekwondo Center, Central Point; Chip Wright, Chip Wright Champion Karate, Medford

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