Karate kicking to the top

A call in the night

In October of 2007, while lying in bed, Roy said he and his wife received a call at about 9:30 p.m.

"One of the kid's parents called me and asked me if I would open a studio," Roy said.

After a fellow martial artist had left the area, many kids were left without a place to study and practice karate. Over the years, Roy had built relationships with kids and their families through marital arts.

Roy said that he had promised some kids that he would make sure they earned their black belts in the future.

"They held me to my word," he said.

By the following month, Augustine's Martial Arts was up and running with 12 students total.

"The students asked me to keep it going," Roy said.

More students, more space

Although the Augustines had a mere 12 students less than two years ago, they now have more than 50 students that call their studio the place to do karate.

"We have two full families that are all members," Linda said.

Linda described the studio as a "family friendly" environment that welcomes everyone to come and try out the martial arts and see what it can do for you.

Welcoming the family dynamic, Linda designated a "family area" that contains a sofa and some chairs, a children's desk and chair with toys and plenty of room to watch the classes.

"We encourage students to bring a friend to try out a class or two," she said.

By welcoming the community to the studio, Linda believes that even if tag-along friends don't always join they will always take something new away from the experience.

Next to the family feel in the studio and on the sidelines, the Augustines try to offer classes at reasonable hours so that people traveling home from work from out of the area have enough time to get into town and make it to class.

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