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Eight Eagle Spirit Karate students earn promotions on Sept. 26, including yellow-belts McKenzie Hevener, Susan Nix, Jontae Johnson, and Megan Saban, green-belt Danessa Herd, blue-belt Lela Gracy, and purple-belts Aaryan and Sahil Patel. The test was conducted by black-belts Terry Mitchell, Jürgen Mohr, and Natasha McDonald, and brown-belt Joe Wolfe.

Eagle Spirit Karate (ESK) conducted a rank promotion test Thursday, Sept. 26, with eight students earning promotions.

Testing for yellow belt were McKenzie Hevener, Susan Nix, Jontae Johnson and Megan Saban. Danessa Herd was promoted to green belt. Lela Gracy received her blue belt while Aaryan and Sahil Patel both earned the rank of purple belt.

The test was conducted by black-belts Terry Mitchell, Jürgen Mohr, Natasha McDonald, and brown-belt Joe Wolfe.

The students were required to perform a number of techniques, including kicks, punches, strikes, blocks and kata (forms) for their respective rank level. Time in rank as well as class attendance are also requirements for promotion.

“We are very proud of our students’ progress,” said Sensei Mitchell. “They have invested a lot of effort and hard work to reach these goals. Many of our students have trained with us for years, and we are a tight-knit club.”

Students of ESK train in the style of Trias Karate, which is a traditional Okinawan system of karate developed by “The Father of American Karate” O’Sensei Robert Trias. The school also offers instruction in breakfalls, grappling and joint lock techniques.

Sensei Mohr has trained in Trias Karate for several years and holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree blackbelt). He is also the chief grappling instructor.

Mohr said, “ESK fosters a family-oriented learning atmosphere. It is very rewarding as an instructor to see our students grow and mature in the art.”

For class information, contact ESK at 931-438-2403 or visit eaglespiritkarate.com.

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