Martial artists reach milestone
Earning ranks as a result of their commitment, determination and tenacity at Eagle Spirit Karate Club are (front, from left) Andy Myrick, second degree black belt; Coby Templeton, second degree black belt; (back) Terry Mitchell, sixth degree black belt; Jurgen Mohr, second degree black belt; Joey Fried, third degree black belt; George Reynolds, third degree black belt; and Chad Thomas, second degree black belt.
The Eagle Spirit Karate Club conducted a rank test on Saturday, March 2.
Two black belts from the club tested for and achieved the rank of Nidan (second degree black belt). Andy Myrick and Coby Temple were put through a rigorous examine that tested their stamina and endurance.
Sensei (teacher) Terry Mitchell, who is the head instructor at ESK and administered the examination made the following statement, “Very few martial artists achieve the rank of nidan; it really is quite an accomplishment. It requires a great deal of commitment, determination and tenacity to reach this level. We are very proud of Sensei Myrick and Sensei Templeton for reaching this goal.”
Myrick and Templeton have spent the past several months preparing for this test in which they had to perform several blocks, strikes, punches, stances and kicks. They were also required to execute 18 empty hand or weapon kata.
Kata, literally “form,” ,is a Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movement. Kata originally were teaching and training methods by which successful combat techniques were preserved and passed on.
Sitting on the examination board were Sensei Terry Mitchell, rokudan or sixth degree black belt; Sensei Joey Fried, sandan or third degree black belt; Sensei George Reynolds, sandan or third degree black belt); Sensei Jurgen Mohr, nidan or second degree black belt; and Sensei Chad Thomas, nidan or second degree black belt) of Muncie, Ind.
“It means a lot to me to receive my second degree black belt,” said Myrick commented. “I began studying karate in 1986 and received my first degree black belt from Sensei Dan Marrs. I stopped training while attending college and law school. I resumed my studies about a year ago as a way to spend time with my son and because I missed karate. I want to thank Sensei Mitchell and all my friends at Eagle Spirit Karate for their encouragement and support.”
“It was an honor to be recognized and allowed to test for my second degree black belt,” said Templeton. “Training as ESK has really allowed me to grow as a martial artist. I enjoy training as well as teaching. I feel that through teaching, I am giving back to the community.”
Classes are held at ESK three nights a week and students vary in regards to age and rank. Students train in Trias Karate as well as grappling techniques. For more information, contact (931) 438-2403 or www.eaglespiritkarate.com.