UNION — A local martial arts studio is in the process of rebooting itself with success at state championships and the upcoming opening of a new facility.
Martial arts instructor Jamie Vaughn said his school — Ninth Level Martial Arts (formerly known as Union Karate Center) — is coming off somewhat of a hiatus. Vaughn said some location changes caused the school — currently housed at the Union County Recreation Department — to hit a snag.
“A lot of people think the school is gone since we haven’t had our own facility,” Vaughn said. “But we’re ready to bounce back better than ever.”
He said the 9th Level Kempo Competition Team which is affectionately known as the “Red and Black Attack” — a name given by parents because of students’ uniform colors associated with Kempo — went almost one year without competing.
Around four weeks ago, however, the “Red and Black Attack” came back a vengeance as members began training for the South Carolina Karate Games held in Anderson Saturday. Those who competed included Jordan Vaughn, Ta’Jarion Glenn, Julie Smith, Wyatt Wilbanks, Chase Sherfield, Will Turner, Korbin Fowler and Alex Eubanks. Each of the 9th Level students placed either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their respective divisions.
“This was the first time for a lot of them,” Vaughn said about five of the eight students. “They went from not wanting to get on the mat in front of anyone to doing it and winning. So we saw huge improvement.”
Vaughn said there is a brighter future ahead for 9th Level Martial Arts.
“We’re looking toward a better facility of our own and more programs,” he said.
Vaughn said the location of the new facility will be announced in the near future, and he hopes to hold a grand opening in July. He also said he will ensure prices remain affordable.
Look for more information about the new 9th Level Martial Arts facility as it becomes available in The Union Daily Times and at www.uniondailytimes.com.