KEYC - Mankato Karate Kid Earns Green Belt

Mankato Karate Kid Earns Green Belt

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MANKATO, Minn. -

A local boy who inspired his family made a big move Friday night.

Johann Donato accomplished something he's been working on for 8 months, he is now a green belt in karate. Johann was born with Down Syndrome but he refused to let that stop him from continuing his training. Johann was tested on memorization throughout a blocking and kicking routine, forms, sparring and board breaking.
 
"I'm just excited to see Johann move forward from beginner to intermediate, I know he's worked really hard to get to this rank so I'm proud for him," Master Instructor Tim Flynn, said.
 
Johann's ultimate goal is to earn a black belt, which his coach believes he will in a few years' time.

-KEYC News 12