b"KELLER WILLIAMSMID-TOWN DIRECTPROUDLY CELEBRATESpride monthKeir Sampson and his parents, Thea Kearney and Peter Sampson, all train at Blue Life Karate.masterful at what he does. during the pandemic. Were not just Brendasclasshasbecomeratherdoing karate, he says. These are life well-knownamongtheBlueLifeskills. We cant have kids stop practic-community, and they sport an unfor- ing. They need to interact in whatever gettableacronymtoboot.Theyareway is possible right now.973.762.5400 B.A.S.S.which stands for Bad AssBlueLifeKarateandKickboxing181 Maplewood Ave. Senior Sisters. Center is located at 1882 Springfieldkwmtdr.comEach office is independently owned and operated. In addition to the variety of stu- Avenue in Maplewood. For questionsOctavio Mendes, Broker of Record. dent ages, Howard has worked hard atabout virtual online classes, call or text making sure that BLK is representativeShihan Durand Howard at 908-967-of the community. We live in a di- 8132. All class information is available verse town; it is our strength, says Pe- at bluelifekarate.com. ter Sampson. BLK is truly diverse. IDonny Levit is a journalist, writer, and have seen hijabs and yarmulkes, black,Maplewoodresident.Heistheauthor white,Hispanic.theholidaypartyof Rock n Roll Lies, 10 Stories. You can potluck has every dish from every na- hear him DJ his show Under the Influ-tion. Adds Sensei, Everyones bloodence on Bone Pool Radio. Follow him is red. onTwitter@donnyreportsandInsta-Although Howard is working hardgram @undertheinfluenceradio. His son to keep his dojo open, he believes thatJack is an advanced purple belt at Blue BLK serves a vital purpose for childrenLife Karate.The author's son, Jack Levit, has been taking Blue Life Karate classes online in his base-ment during the pandemic.feature story /19"