Coleson Shaw trains on a punching bag during a class at Clyde Stanley Martial Arts. Blake Branch/Press-Herald
Coleson Shaw trains on a punching bag during a class at Clyde Stanley Martial Arts. Blake Branch/Press-Herald

It takes years of hard work and determination to earn karate’s most coveted possession, the black belt.

Those who have reached the rank of black belt know the rigorous toll martial arts takes on the body. Balance, strength and agility are of the utmost importance. Students often abandon their quest due to the degree of difficulty.

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