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Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
1:51 pm PDT April 14, 2014

Inside of a slender, rectangular room on the second floor of an unassuming business plaza in Malibu East is “The Pit,” and 15 people stand in a circle awaiting instruction from Hawaiian Kempo chief instructor, Rick Metzler.

The members of the group collectively represent four age groups: 4-6 years old; 6-9 years old; 9-14 years old; and ages 14 and older.

The majority of the group is made up of children, but at least two are in their teenage years and another pair are adults.