Loading

33°F

32°F

34°F

31°F

32°F

35°F

34°F

34°F

32°F

35°F

34°F

34°F
NEWS STORIES

Northwoods Spotlight: Merrill Karate Kids - May 15Submitted: 05/15/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas


MERRILL - Most of us don't have the chance to travel internationally... but some Karate students in the Northwoods are hoping to take their talents across the pond.

The Merrill Karate Club has been around since the early 1980's. They pride themselves in offering unique, high quality training for students of all ages.

Jon Gartmann is the Chief Instructor. "All it is is making the things they need to learn and the discipline and respect and the stances and the moves, and just putting a fun spin on it."

"You get to do the obstacle course and freeze tag," adds eight year old Kati Drury.


Seven year old Riley Gallagher says, "I like working with weapons. I have my own sword."

People choose to learn martial arts for many different reasons.

"I came here because of stress at work. I came to relieve some stress," explains Derek Berghammer another competitor. "I fell in love with it after that."

Jacob LePage recently earned a Black Belt. He's come a long way from when he first tried Martial Arts.

"I was really flippy," says LePage. "I would always jump off the couch."

The students have had so much success that 5 of them were invited to compete in Dublin, Ireland. But in order to get there, they're going to have to do some serious fundraising.

$30,000 in seven weeks to be exact.

They qualified in Watersmeet, Michigan. And will be 5 of only 75 people to represent Team USA in August.

"Team USA - we get a uniform and have lots of practice," young Kati Drury explains.

"Just amazing going to Ireland, adds LePage. "I'm just excited to see the scenery. Also excited for the tournament."


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MERRILL - Census data show more people leaving many parts of northern Wisconsin. The population loss is a problem that continues to challenge rural parts of Wisconsin.

+ Read More

MADISON - Wisconsin's attempt to ban same-sex marriages will cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

+ Read More

MADISON - Wisconsin private investigators might lose a valuable investigative tool within the next few months.

A state Senate committee will likely advance a bill within weeks to ban the use of many GPS tracking devices on cars.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - An ongoing drug investigation led to the arrest of five people in Rhinelander earlier this week.

Investigators believe 40-year-old Michael Steinmetz, Jr. and 38-year-old Jaime Rickert were making meth in their Rhinelander apartment.

According to the criminal complaint, Steinmetz admitted to investigators that he made meth and dumped the waste in the toilet in his apartment.

+ Read More

IRON COUNTY - Gogebic Taconite made official its decision to stop pursuing a mine in northern Wisconsin.

This week, the company withdrew its pre-application for an iron mine east of Mellen.

+ Read More

LAONA - The state's Natural Resources Board plays a major role in shaping how Wisconsin interacts with the natural world.

It's filled that role since its creation in the 1920s.

Now, Gov. Scott Walker wants to strip the citizen board of much of its power as part of his state budget proposal.

+ Read More

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has canceled oral arguments it planned to hold next month on three cases related to the secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here