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DAVENPORT, Iowa — A local martial arts center is giving back to veterans the best way they know how. Nick Tarpein's Martial Arts Center in Davenport hosted a special seminar Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, with Gina Franssen, a Brazilian jiujitsu black belt.

She usually leads classes in Minnesota, but stopped in the QCs Saturday. Students paid to attend the class with a;; proceeds benefiting veterans charities.

"I see all walks of life that come in here. I've got ex military that comes in, a lot of law enforcement. So whenever military comes into play, it's always a great thing to be able to pass back to those guys," said Travis Tarpein, owner.

Money raised during the Honoring Our Heroes event will benefit three groups: Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, Mission 22, and the We Defy Foundation.