Karate kids in community

After winning a 2006 Kids in Community Award, 17-year-old Keaton Humphries (pictured here with Richard Marlin) has taken to martial arts like a duck to water. Keaton won the membership at Success Martial Arts (SMA) Black Belt Academy as part of his Kids in Community prize. Despite initial doubts about his visual impairment limiting his ability to follow and learn the moves, Keaton has proven that it would take far more than that to stop him.

According to Richard Marlin, the founder and master instructor at SMA, Keaton has demonstrated such self-belief, focus and commitment that his skills have progressed very quickly.

Keaton said winning the Kids in Community Award was an honour and getting the opportunity to take up martial arts was an extra bonus with unforseen benefits. He said its providing good physical and mental discipline, which is helping him get through the demands of studying for the HSC, as well as being a lot of fun.

The annual Kids in Community Awards recognise and reward local youth for their positive efforts in addressing the issues that affect young people in our community today. Success Martial Arts has been one of the most successful schools in Lismore for many years and has been a supporter of the Awards since its inception in 2003. They always welcome new members, so if youre keen to give it a go phone Brooke on 6622 4799. Nominations are also now open for the 2007 Kids in Community Awards. If you know a young person who deserves recognition contact Maria Kelly on 6624 4053 for an entry form.

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