The Trumbull Times


THE TRUMBULL TIMES, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13.2007                                                            PAGE 13


Jake Taccone of Trumbull, front row right, displays the award he received after reaching the rank of Black Belt at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Trumbull. Another local resident reaching this level is Amanda Mitchell, center behind Jake. Next to Jake is Christopher Nova of Stratford. Back row, from left is Grand Master Brian Hanson, Jonathon Garrity of Monroe, Carrie Meyer of Hamden and Master Rich Brenna. Kempo instructors describe Black Belt as "a very honorable task," with both mental and physical challenges. This helps students become more aware of themselves and others and in this way they demonstrate high moral qualities, good character and a positive attitude towards others.

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