Mom kicks off weight with martial arts

POWER PUFF—Marita Deming got tears in her eyes when she overheard her 17-year-old son tell his friends that his mom was “an inspiration.” Deming lost 100 pounds after studying karate at a studio in Calabasas. Today she not only is thinner but she can also “kick butt,” according to her teenage son.

Karate has become a lifeline for Martita Deming, a 47-year-old mom who is studying mixed martial arts at a studio in Calabasas.

Deming, a Woodland Hills resident, h...

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