Premier Martial Arts' students celebrate graduation
The students of Premier Martial Arts received their new belts last week as part of a graduation ceremony at the Riverview Park Activities Center gymnasium.
The graduation not only celebrates the students' growth as martial artists, but also in life and school. It is also about accomplishing goals, according to Master Aaron Hensley, a 6th-degree black belt and owner of the studio.
The graduation had about 150 kids and 50 adults step up to the next level or rank. Hensley's vision for the studio is not only to help get students in shape, but also instill "the life skills and character of a true martial artists ..." he said.
"Premier Martial Arts helps students develop self-discipline, high self-esteem, a positive outlook, a spirit of constant improvement and an attitude that refuses to give up," he said. "These values and life skills will lead to remarkable improvements in academics, careers and relationships - literally making a better community one black belt at a time."