Sherman martial arts students compete abroad for Team USA

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

SHERMAN, TEXAS -- Some Sherman martial arts students are on their way to Scotland for a chance to compete with Team USA for the European Championship.

"Over 300 students tried out for the team from all over the United States, and we had 6 of them from our school to earn their place," Rick Arnold of Arnold's Premier Martial Arts said.

"I'm most excited about going across the country and representing our country and getting to show people what we actually do," competitor Haleigh Arnold said.

Rick Arnold has led these students in three hour practices nearly every day for the past seven months to master these moves as a team.

"Like you see the unison swimming in the Olympics? Well we do that on the ground but they have to be exactly the same," Rick Arnold said.

Now they're about to find out if all their practice pays off.

"We've really been working on just sparring and fighting; making sure that we have everything down and finding our strong points and our weak points," Colton Arnold said.

But it's not just the students making the trek overseas -- community organizations helped raise money so the families of these young black belts could watch them compete.

"And we raised just a little over $12,000 for them to go," Rick Arnold said.

The trip will last 10 days with time for a sightseeing trip to London.


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