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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 lC SPORTS and CREAT I 0 N Black belt: A goal worth fighting for Shannon Morrow Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com After 11 years of diligent training, James Geary of Quincy recently attained a black belt rating in Kenpo Karate. American Kenpo empha- sizes the art of striking and principles of motion. The dis- cipline was established by Ed Parker in the mid-1950s. When Geary began his training more than a decade ago, he auditioned five differ- ent schools before deciding on the Epperson Brothers Dojo in Chico. Chuck Epperson, Geary's instructor, holds a seventh- degree black belt. Epperson was also Geary's best man in his wedding. Geary is Epperson's 34th student to earn a black belt. Epperson said only one in 1,000 students earn a black belt, because it's too hard for the average person. "In the first three years of training, you only learn enough to get your butt kicked," said Geary. There are 10 belts from white to black. In his black belt test, Geary had to demon- strate 154 different tech- niques in a three-hour test that included fighting with pads. "It was a brutal test," said Geary. "I could barely move afterwards. I was bruised for awhile." In addition, Geary wrote a 36-page thesis on the rotating twist stance and created 10 techniques. Geary now looks forward to fighting in the black belt divi- sion at tournaments. "Those guys can fight," said Geary. Geary's first major tourna- ment as a black belt will be this January in Redding, where $500 goes to the winner. Geary has always been pas- sionate about martial arts. As a child he used to dress as a ninja, and in high school he wanted to be a kung fu teacher. "I don't know any other way," said Geary. "It gives you discipline, it gives you self confidence. I love it." Training at the dojo twice a month, Geary logged approxi- mately 46,000 miles of driving the Canyon to earn his black belt. "I also have a black belt in driving the Feather River Canyon," Geary joked. Geary will continue his training to obtain higher ranks of black belt. "In a few more years, I should have a few more ranks," said Geary. "It's beyond a passion, It's almost an obsession." In his wallet, Geary carries laminated cards listing the many different techniques he's memorized. Names such as Gathering of the Snakes, Dominating Circles and Unfolding the Dark are listed on one of the black belt cards. One of the things Geary loves about Kenpo Karate is that it's all in English. "You don't have to learn a foreign language," he said. Geary's ultimate goal is to travel the world teaching seminars. "This is my ticket to Ireland," said Geary' In the meantime, Geary is offering private instruction out of his house to local stu- dents five-years-old and older. He hopes to eventually find a new location to begin teach- ing group classes. James Geary, center, poses with instructor Chuck Epperson and son Liam Forcino Geary. Photos submitted i 7 (! 4!/iii i ! RDAY JAN. 9 Potatoes Naval Oranges Avocados 10 lb. bag 8 lb. bag 4 Count Bag $149 $00)99 s129 each meach each I Slicing Tomatoes Even as an eight-year-old boy, Geary dreamed of being a ninja. Broccoli  lb. 8 oz. Pkg. Whole or Sliced Yellow c,o.., Mini Carrots Mangos Mushrooms Onions 2/Sl 3'00s/sl Geary performs a weapons kata at the tournament of champi- ons last fall. : River Ranch Italian orYellow Red Delicious or Fujl Bartlett Pears i lb. bag Tangerines Squash Apples 3lb. bag GardenSa.lad _= 3 lb. bag Sle , rc ,9, 2010 only, Sale starts at 6:00 am. Limited supply, No Rainchecks Please, II Scratch Baked Goods Rr, (530) 257-5136 All Lottery Games US Postage OPEN 7 DAYS, 5AM-10PM We accept Food & WIC LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED 50 GRAND AVE., SUSANVILLE, CA 96130