Martial arts students excel

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martial arts students excel

At Johnson’s Martial Arts Academy (JMA) in Camden, students are continuing to purse excellence in the practice of their skills. In recent outings to area competitions, they have had a lot of success.

“Congratulations to all of our kids for their success over the past couple of weekends. We are so proud of you all!” said instructor Cierra Johnson. “Thank you to all of their parents for being so supportive of them. These kids are doing great!”

Last weekend, students A.J. Dobson, Asa and Jonas King, and Gabe Khidekel faced off against tough competition in the Tennessee State Championship. All of the boys gave strong performances in their point sparring contests and came away with trophies.

Among beginners, Asa place third in his age group, and Jonas and A.J. took second in their age groups. In the black belt point sparring competition, Gabe pulled in another first place among 14-15 year olds.

In another tough contest in Springfield, Mo., a few weeks ago, Gavin Rogers and Wyatt Parks showed off their skills as intermediate fighters. Both boys earned first place trophies, Gavin for sparring and Wyatt for winning at karate flag.

This Friday, August 9, JMA will host a Kick-A-Thon at 6 p.m. to help raise money for the competitors who will be going to world competition later this fall. Each participating fighter will have one minute to throw as many kicks as they can. Anyone who would like to sponsor a fighter can donate per kick or a flat rate. There will be prizes for the students who deliver the most kicks and for those who raise the most money.

After the Kick-A-Thon, JMA will get busy with one of the kids’ favorite activities – Nerf war! A part of their “Parents’ Night Out” program, kids get to enjoy Nerf war along with pizza and games. Children must bring their own Nerf guns and eye protection. Any child is welcome to come to Parents Night Out from 6-11 p.m. for only $20 per child.

Started by Justin Johnson to bring his love of martial arts to the people of Benton County, JMA classes provide a safe, fun, and high-energy environment for students to learn, grow, and develop friendships. The Johnsons teach classes in their studio at 162 West Main Street in Camden most weeknights. For more information about JMA programs, call 731-441-1065.

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