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Students And Spectators Give To The Needy
The Spivey Karate Martial Arts Training Center recently held their 17th annual Holidays Benefit Tournament where competitors contribute toys and spectators give canned goods.
“This is a great way to remind the students that there are people out there in need during the holidays,” said Grand Master William Spivey.
6 years ago, a 4 year old little girl began her martial arts journey in the Spivey Karate Lil’ Dragons class. Today, at 10 years of age, she has achieved 2 Black Belts. Her determination and her “never quit” attitude, backed up by tremendous support from her mother & grandparents, have given her rare achievements that few girls her age can even dream of. While her friends were doing gymnastics, dance, sports & cheer leading, she was “warrioring up” on the mat learning self defense skills, intricate forms & katas, mastering martial arts weapons and earning the nickname “Beastie Girl” with her sparring skills. “I could not be more proud of Makenzie,” said her instructor William Spivey. “She is an amazing martial artist & will, one day, make a great instructor.” Mackenzie’s 2 Black Belts are in American Karate Do Spivey Ryu and Traditional Japanese Chito Ryu Karate. The Zephryhills resident is currently working toward a 3rd Black Belt in Opens Style Weapons. The photo: Makenzie Reed performing a weapons kata, with the sai, during her Black Belt test.
Ray Fones (right) accepts his Black Sash from Tai Chi instructor Ms Linda.
Students performing their final kick of the 1,000 Kicks Kick-A-Thon for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Over 1,000 dollars was raised.