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Published March 9, 2007

Premier Martial Arts of Tampa Bay, 12719 Race Track Road, will celebrate a grand re-opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The martial arts center opened in the Westchase area in August but came under new ownership and a new look in February.

Professional pilot Edward Scoppa was the first student at Premier. As its new owner, he's added kickboxing and is trying out a street-smart self-defense class.

Martial arts are both popular and practical, he said, appealing to many children and families in the area.

Chief instructor Hugo Villalba has a great following, Scoppa said. If that loyalty is strong enough, look for additional locations.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call 813 855-6152.

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