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News Community Two from Franklin earn black belts in karate

Forest Byrd and Nick Sprinkle recently passed their black belt examinations. They are pictured with Sensei Donnie Abel, of the North Carolina Karate Club.On Nov. 3, North Carolina Karate Club traveled to Atlanta, Ga., for the Regional Camp and Testing. Forest Byrd and Nick Sprinkle of Franklin passed their black belt examinations.

Nick has been training for more than seven years. He says karate is great exercise and self-defense. Karate has also made him more aware of his surroundings. Obtaining his black belt made him proud that he had continued his karate training.

"I will continue doing karate for as long as I am able to train," he declared. When asked what he would tell someone else wanting to start karate, he replied, "You never know if you will like karate if you never try karate."

Forest has been training in karate for six years. He says, "Karate is the perfect fusion of speed, strength and discipline." Karate has shown him that he can achieve any goal through determination and hard work and that repetition equals skill. He added that achieving his black belt means that he'll get to explore even more of what karate has to offer. When asked what he would tell someone else wanting to start karate, "Never give up on your goals!"

Both young men said that seeing a martial arts movie when they were young was what gave them the motivation to learn with obtaining their black belts the biggest and most logical goal.

Sensei Abel says he is very proud of Nick and Forest for all their hard work and perseverance. They have both put much time and dedication into their training and truly deserve this high honor. He looks forward to their further growth and foresees them taking on more roles at the dojo to help the next generation of students.

North Carolina Karate Club is located with Abel Fit Studio at 110 Macon Center Drive in Franklin.


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