Karate students promoted

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013

Karate students used the ocean as resistance in their drills on their way to earning their black belts. PHOTO PROVIDED

September was an exciting month for Carolina Karate, Towne Centre. Instructors Mike Garelli and Deborah Garelli and Grand Master Gittleman promoted 11 students to their black belts.

The belt test was 5 and 1 /2 hours long and consisted of fitness exercises, forms and sparring drills in the karate school. Next, everyone went to the Isle of Palms. The sand and waves added resistance to running, kicking and forms skills as well as creating a lot of fun memories for the students. Earning their second degree black belts were Pal Suranyi, Quinn Kerrigan, Jerry Hunter, Dawn Lewis, Ben McCoy and Cecilia Sirigos. Earning their first degree black belt in World Taekwondo Federation style were Tradd Saxton and Nicholas Theres. Earning their school black belts, children’s level were Sofie Stulchuk, Stella Stulchuk and Louis Fisher.

Black belt excellence far surpasses the physical training in the karate school. Black belt excellence overflows into every day lives and supports students in life’s challenges. Teens and younger students learn to stay on task, be focused with distractions around them, to say no to unhealthy peer pressure, develop self esteem, confidence, respect for others, learn to set and achieve goals, control impulses and develop a healthy fit lifestyle. Adult students love the challenging, yet very attainable and realisic work out that karate class provides, self defense classes and through these develop amazing goal setting skills, focus, self control, confidence and more.

In the United States only one percent of our population earns their black belts. We are proud of everyone.

Carolina Karate teaches classes everyday in Towne Centre. Just call Ms. Debbie at 843-216-1186 or visit on the web at www.carolinakarate.info.


Debbie Garelli is the owner of Carolina Karate.

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