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4 New Black Belts from Elite Martial Arts

There are four new black belts at Elite Martial Arts in Kingston Springs.

On Friday, August 15th, 2014 Harpeth Middle School 6th-graders Mary Byrd and Shelby Scott, along with Reagan Gusty (4th grade KSES) and Alex Latham (5th grade East Hickman Intermediate) survived a grueling two-hour test to earn their first-degree black belts in karate.

The students study under the direction of Elite Martial Arts owner and 7th-degree black belt Harry Klapheke.

All have vowed to continue their training and attain their second-degree belts together, a first in school history according to Master Klapheke.

Character building and life skills are an integral part of training at Elite Martial Arts in Kingston Springs. “Perseverance, respect, integrity, self-control, discipline, and humility,” is central to everyone’s training, adult and child alike.

For more information on classes at Elite Martial Arts call 615-952-3222 or visit


Shelby Scott and Mary Byrd.


Alex Latham, Reagan Gusty, Shelby Scott, Mary Byrd.



Reagan Gusty, Alex Latham, Shelby Scott, Mary Byrd


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