Tearney's Karate of Camillus beat over 700 martial arts school owners to be honored with two awards at the International Martial Arts Summit held at the Ritz Carlton in Miami, Florida on Oct. 4, 5, and 6.
Greg and Judy Tearney were awarded with the National Martial Arts Spirit Award as one of the top martial arts organizations, with a 92 percent retention rate for students graduating to Black Belt at their main branch located in the Town of Onondaga.
Alexis Tearney also received an award for Outstanding Program Director. She was representing Tearney's newest location in Camillus, which has had over 70 students' join since April of 2007.
Tearney's Karate is a family owned business established in 1969 with over 30 Black Belt instructors headed by Grand Master Greg Tearney, tenth Degree Black Belt and the area's highest-ranking instructor; as well as Judy Modafferi-Tearney, a seventh Degree Black Belt.
"Most karate schools and instructors in the area are between first and fourth degree on average," said Tearney. "We've got tenth, seventh and fourth degree blackbelts."
Tearney was born and raised in Camillus, and his wife is from Solvay. He has had a school on the West Side since 1986.
"It was one of the best moves I've made because the people here are so wonderful," Tearney said. "I can't say enough of our market. We have great families, and people who are stable. We like the family-type environment."
Tearney believes that karate instills the basic principals of solid concepts that help kids be the best they can be.
"There are so many issues that kids are inundated with. Kids today need more care and more attention. Martial arts teach the principals of self-reliance and self-respect and self-discipline. That's what we're in the business of doing, helping to make America stronger. We have to do that through our youth."
Tearney's Karate is located at 3791 Milton Ave. in Camillus, at the corner of Hinsdale and Milton Ave.