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Super Kicks Academy helping troubled kids
Changing lives one move at a time.
That's the goal of a local martial arts instructor who's won countless awards and black belts all over the world.
Channel Three's Kavontae Smalls shows us how a karate program is helping some troubled teens.
Sensei Wilkerson started doing martial arts when he was 5-years old.
He admits he was a troubled youth growing up. That's why he got into martial arts in the first place.
Now, he has multiple black belts to his credit. He's the lead instructor for Super Kicks Black Belt Academy.
Anyone can take his class.
But some of his most proud moments comes from students he help turn their lives around.
Sensei A. Wilkerson "We work with the youth that other people see there is no future for when they actually have a good future, they just don't have the right mentors"
Demarcus Kemp is a student at Escambia High school. Before getting involved in martial arts, he was in and out of trouble.
"We took one of their most troubled youths that they have, brought him in and started teaching him martial arts, changed his mindset, and his heart about being successful"
Over the years Demarcus moved up the ranks.
"Silver medal, the only other people that get medals this heavy are in the Olympics"
He competed on an international stage and won two silver medals from the North American Grappling Association.
Demarcus Kemp, "This was a thrill, this is one of the best advantages I've had, period"
A lot can be gained from martial arts.
Tony Edmond - martial arts student, "The self discipline, the focus, and even the hand and eye coordination."
But for Sensei Wilkerson...success stories like Demarcus is most gratifying.
"It is a rewarding feeling to look at their faces and say this is not something I thought I would be able to obtain, but when they get it they're in tears"
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