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Missouri Makes Huge Impact on the 2008 National Karate Circuit (NASKA)

Missouri Makes Huge Impact on the 2008 National Karate Circuit (NASKA)
Soke Stacy Huffman - Tue Jun 16, 2009 @ 06:48AM
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The blessings of life lie before us in the shadow of our future generations.

Soke Stacy Huffman, Sensei

To compete in martial arts at the national level requires the unyielding dedication of a student’s heart and mind.  The six students of the Okinawan Warriors Nationals Team from Art of Martial Arts in Jefferson City, Missouri learn many lessons about life while preparing for the national tournament season.  These students have set their goals above the standard bar and strive to prefect their skills by practicing an additional 6 to 8 hours a week above their normal training schedule.  Their hard work has paid off, and they are now considered among some of the best martial artists in the United States.

2008 National Ratings:

Youth 12-13 Boys BEG.

Dyllon Maddox  2nd Sparring / 1st Forms / 3rd Weapons

Justin Berry  3rd Sparring / 3rd Forms / 4th Weapons

Youth 12-13 Boys INT.

Justice Richards  1st Sparring / 2nd Forms / 2nd Weapons

John Richards  2nd Sparring / 6th Forms / 6th Weapons

Bryson Clark  4th Sparring / 5th Forms / 5th Weapons

Youth 12-13 Girls INT.

Ashlie Emerson  1st Sparring / 3rd Forms / 7th Weapons

AMA Dojo Kids Under Black Belt National Champions 09

On June 11, 2009 six of these students were honored and received awards from National American Sports Karate Association (NASKA) in Kentucky as six of the top 10 Martial Artists in the United States in 2008.

***The team will also be competing on the national circuit for the 2009 tournament season.  In addition to their training in karate, the Okinawan Warriors are also very involved with their community often dedicating their time to help those in need. 

These students have taken to heart the life lessons that martial arts has to offer by believing in themselves as well as those around them to find success in their future.

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