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Local Personal Development Center Promotes Brandon and Valrico Residents to Elite Black Belt Ranks


LITHIA, FL – On Saturday, April 25 Lucy Ryman (9), Kellen Denk (10), and Cameron Egger (13) of Brandon and Nicholas Vargas (13) of Valrico achieved elite black belt levels through promotional testing held at Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Centers in Lithia, FL, where all three attend classes.

              Manny Cabrera, chief instructor at Sidekicks, said of the four black belts.  “Sidekicks is very proud of our students, all four of have been training for at least four years with the two older ones more than six years to reach second degree black belt.  All of the students have been working through a very rigorous curriculum that not only trains them physically in the martial arts, but also mentally to help them increase their focus, concentration, self-discipline, and self-esteem.”

              In addition to an internationally accredited martial arts curriculum, Sidekicks also features the Powerful Words Character System developed by Dr. Robyn J.A. Sliverman, an expert in character development and body image issues.  These two elements combined with a caring and compassionate staff are what makes Sidekicks a standout among martial arts programs.

              Ryman, Denk, Vargas, and Egger tested as part of Sidekicks’ general rank exam held every three months.  This past testing saw over 100 students test and achieve new rank at their FishHawk location.  Students were tested on forms (pre-arranged drills), sparring, self-defense, grappling, board breaking, and verbal knowledge of history and theory of the martial arts.

Lucy Ryman was promoted to the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt

Kellen Denk was promoted to the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt Recommended

Nicholas Vargas was promoted to the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt

Cameron Egger was promoted to the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt


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For a Lively and Information Packed Interview, Contact Manny Cabrera III

By calling: (813) 661-2224

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