Local martial artist Brett Cloer practices delivering blows on a dummy during a recent martial arts class at Spruce Pine First Baptist Church. Cloer is one of dozens of students of all ages and experience levels who attend the classes twice per week to hone their skills. Classes are taught by Rocky Branch. (MNJ photo/Cory Spiers)

JUST FOR KICKS: Martial artists use church class to hone skills

A church building might seem like an unlikely place to find a martial arts academy, but it’s reality at Spruce Pine First Baptist Church where the Hope 4 Mitchell County Martial Arts Academy meets twice a week.  Rocky Branch, First Baptist Church…