Oak Ridge Martial Arts Academy is celebrating its return to the place it all started.
Matthew VanWolput started the academy 17 years ago in a strip mall on Berkshire Valley Road. He and his wife, Katherine, moved the school, then moved it back and invited his students and the public to a new ribbon cutting on Saturday, September 28.
VanWolput, who has been training for 24 years, was also celebrating his fifth degree black belt. He has lived in Jefferson Township for 42 years.
The school serves more than 200 families from the area, VanWolput said. Children and adults take classes. He also has a contract with Catholic Charities Diocese of Paterson Department for Persons with Disabilities and has recently contracted with the West Milford Township School District inclusion program.
Classes are available for children 3 ½ to 5 or 6 to 9, teens 10 to 14 and adults, as well as a woman’s cardio kick class, according to the website.
The grand re-opening included demonstrations by the youngest students and some of the half dozen instructors who work with VanWolput.
Information on classes can be found at oakridgemartialarts.com.