On Sept. 22, eight No Limits students competed in the Mid-Platte Valley Taekwondo Tournament in Cozad. "The students did well and made me proud," Instructor Roger Freeze said.
The North Platte Police Departmentís ĎNo Limitsí youth martial arts program began Sept. 12, 2011.
The program was founded to help troubled, at-risk youth by teaching good life skills and values through martial arts. It originally operated from 1998-2008. During those 10 years, touching the lives of 182 youth ages 6-17, seven of whom earned black belts, organizers said.
"Once they get into the program, they realize that fighting is not the answer," Investigator Roger Freeze said. "The emphasis is on self-defense."
Pictured, with awards, are the 2012 competitors at the Mid-Platte Valley Tournament.
Front row from left: Joseph Fuller (3rd Forms & 2nd Sparring), Ethan Stafford (3rd Forms & 1st Sparring).
Middle row: Kaden Morrison (1st Forms, 1st Sparring), Andrew Freeze (2nd Forms & 2nd Sparring), Lucas Armstrong (2nd Forms & 1st Sparring).
Back row: Instructor Roger Freeze, Ashton Morrison (2nd Forms 2nd Sparring), Madison Morrison (2nd Forms & 2nd Sparring).
Not pictured: Competitor Gabe Egner (2nd Forms & 2nd Sparring).