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Because I'm in the Leadership program at my ATA school, my Instructor asked me to think of a way to serve others in my town. I decided to pick up trash at a park near my house so that kids like me would have a clean place to play. My Mom and Dad and even my little brother helped. It was kinda gross, but I had fun. I really like helping people!
– Paxton Thomas, Yellow Belt, 9 years old

 

From ATA World Volume 19, Number 3 Fall 2012

Black Belt Tim Conkel, who trains in Macon, Ga., at Macon ATA auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance this television season. He made it through the first round, but unfortunately was eliminated in the second. Still, the judges thought he was   funny, perhaps because of his reason for taking up dancing in college: “To meet girls.” Check out Tim Conkel’s So You Think You Can Dance audition video clip on YouTube.

Black Belts Tyler Weaver and Caitlin Dechelle both star in the independent supernatural martial arts flick “Champions of the Deep.” In the movie, two martial arts competitors and siblings find a sword that unlocks powerful forces from under the sea. Weaver trains at Quest Martial Arts in Las Vegas, Nev. He plays Max, an energetic 13-year-old whose parents have died. Dechelle began her training at Integrity Martial Arts in Miami, Fla., and now trains with XMA founder Mike Chat. Dechelle plays Kalkyo, a knight of Atlantis, a master of sword fighting and a total superhero. Says the movie’s director, Baxter Churchville, “Not only are Tyler and Caitlin’s martial arts skills at championship levels, they were each able to bring the focus and intensity gained from the martial arts to their dramatic performances.” To learn more about when and where to see the movie starring Weaver and Dechelle, visit championsofthedeep.com.

Go, Black Belts, go!