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Comings & Goings: PRO Martial Arts plans bullying prevention

This week PRO Martial Arts Where: 2835 Aurora Ave., suite 113, Naperville Call: 630-305-9215 Web: www.promartialarts.com/naperville Hours: Noon till 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Where: 750 E. Diehl Road, suite 130, Naperville Call: 630-469-7000 Web: www.koenigrubloff.com or www.berkshirehathawayhs.com Art Van Furniture Where: 900 E. Boughton Road, Woodridge Call: 630-972-2499 Web: www.artvan.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

David Ma and his wife, Min Lu, were hand picked by PRO Martial Arts founder and martial arts guru Master Ed Samane to open a Naperville location.

One of the missions of the franchise is to curb bullying,

“As parents they understand the need for the anti-bully and predator protection offered by PRO Martial Arts,” Samane says. “They understand that, with the hectic pace of life in 2014, parents need assistance in the health, fitness and safety for their children.”

Ma and Lu are parents to a 5-year-old.

“Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about bullying. It’s just not as safe as it used to be,” Ma says.

Ma and Lu, of Naperville, opened the fourth location in the Chicago area at 2835 Aurora Ave., next to Hollywood Palm Cinemas.

“If I need this, other parents need this,” says Ma, who has practiced martial arts over the years.

An April 26 launch will introduce parents and families to PRO Martial Arts’ programming.

The studio offers classes that combine skills teaching as well as character building by incorporating “motivational lectures, functional athletic drills, and proven martial arts techniques to create a holistic workout for the mind and body,” the website says.

One of the stand-out programs offered by PRO Martial Arts, is ARMOR, a bullying prevention program specifically designed to teach children to ‘armor’ themselves against bullying of all kinds.

Heather Horne, program manager, says she is especially sensitive to the topic since one of her three Naperville children was severely bullied.

“What drew me to the prevention of bullying that the ARMOR program offers is the full understanding of bullying is being addressed — recognizing and preventing bullying in real life and cyber bullying,” Horne says.

She explains that the program also integrates parents into the process.

“We build skills, but we also build character,” she explains.

Each class touches on topics such as self-respect, respect of family and respect of the community, Ma says.

Free trial classes are available. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26, or visit www.promartialarts.com/naperville for more information.

Rebranding

What was once Prudential Rubloff Properties and Koenig&Strey Real Living officially became Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group on April 1, with offices at 750 E. Diehl Road.

Koenig&Strey, in Naperville for more than eight years, will continue as a full-service real estate company with Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway real estate group.

“Berkshire Hathaway was chosen the No. 1 brand in real estate by consumers, and we are proud to be a part of that group,” says Patricia Wargowski, vice president and branch manager.

The company serves clients from seniors to first-time homebuyers in all price ranges.

“We are a national brand with a local presence,” she says.

The 1,600 agents throughout the Chicago metropolitan area are a key element, and according to Wargowski, they bring more than 20 years of experience and dedication to serving their clients and are technology driven.

Home store opens

Art Van Furniture opened its sixth Chicago-area location April 2 in Woodridge, only months after a groundbreaking last September.

“We look forward to meeting the residents of Woodridge and invite families to tour our beautiful new store,” said Barry Davidson, vice president and general manager of Art Van Furniture in Chicago. “In addition to the stylish furniture lines, unparalleled value, and friendly customer service we offer, guests will get to experience the passion we have for the communities we serve.”

The 68,000-square-foot showroom on 900 E. Boughton Road offers brands such as Cindy Crawford Home, Roma Leather and Broyhill, as well as a selection of mattresses.

The company, which operates in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, was founded in 1959 with headquarters in Warren, Mich., and is family owned.

Know of a business coming to or leaving Naperville? Contact Daina Saleh at dainasunbiz@gmail.com.

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