After four years of determination and hard work, Makena, 13 and Sean Henell, 9, have earned junior black belts in Tae Kwon Do.
They plan to continue their training in hopes to become a first-degree black belt in a few years.
They work their way up through all the belts by being tested by Master Alice Zaimes-Strong. They must earn six stripes on their current belt in order to move up. The stripes represent what they know, in order to move up the next belt. Some of them are kicking, punching, sparring, forms and attitude.
Zaimes-Strong tests them on various forms and sparring with other students in the class. She also teaches them self defense and is going to incorporate yoga into her class.
She is a fourth-degree black belt. She has been a great inspiration and role model. More island kids should take the opportunity to train with her. Zaimes-Strong recently moved her studio to Healthy Body By Nina, 1000 N. Collier Blvd.