Ex-UFC champ shares wisdom during Londonderry visit to martial arts center
Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton demonstrated a technique with student Murray Barq, of Somerville, Mass., during a seminar at Koryukan Martial Arts in Londonderry on Saturday. (April Guilmet/Union Leader Correspondent)
About 25 students, ranging in age from 13 to 60, attended the class.
Nardia, a world-renowned master of self-defense practices used by police, military and civilians around the world, has known Newton for over two decades.
A resident of Ontario, Canada, Newton found fame as one of the original mixed martial arts pioneers. He has competed worldwide in multiple organizations.
“If you align yourself with the present moment, your actions will be correct ones,” he advised his students. “It’s only then that you can unlock your creativity.”
Somerville, Mass., resident Murray Barq, who is Nardia’s brother-in-law, brought along a friend who wanted to meet Newton in person, while close pals Steven Neustadter, Jonah Davis and Regev Melker, all 13, traveled all the way from New Jersey to participate in the class.
“Carlos is just a great person,” Steven said. “He’s very well respected.”