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Stan Lee held a kick pad as Breanna Blackwood performed kicks during black belt testing. Photo by Michele Meyers

Black belt confidence: Martial arts helps Ormond teen conquer failures, boost confidence

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Stan Lee held a kick pad as Breanna Blackwood performed kicks during black belt testing. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood (front) poses with fellow black belts: Tyler Whitby, Stan Lee, David Bondjuk and David Stewart. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood (front) poses with fellow black belts: Tyler Whitby, Stan Lee, David Bondjuk and David Stewart. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood threw her grappling partner Jonathan Johnson during the first phase of black belt testing at Stan Lee's United Martial Arts studio. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood threw her grappling partner Jonathan Johnson during the first phase of black belt testing at Stan Lee's United Martial Arts studio. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood grappled with her partner Jonathan Johnson during the first phase of black belt testing at Stan Lee's United Martial Arts. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood grappled with her partner Jonathan Johnson during the first phase of black belt testing at Stan Lee's United Martial Arts. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood laughed after one of her choreography practice rounds. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood laughed after one of her choreography practice rounds. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood rested before the next phase of black belt testing. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood rested before the next phase of black belt testing. Photo by Michele Meyers

Stan Lee held the strike pad as Breanna Blackwood performed kicks during black belt testing. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Stan Lee held the strike pad as Breanna Blackwood performed kicks during black belt testing. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood got up after knocking David Bondjuk and Elli Mekelburg down during the choreography phase of black belt testing. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood got up after knocking David Bondjuk and Elli Mekelburg down during the choreography phase of black belt testing. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood beamed as she showed one of the boards she broke during her black belt test. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood beamed as she showed one of the boards she broke during her black belt test. Photo by Michele Meyers

Each stripe on her belt represents a specific timeframe in days, the amount of application and technique classes. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Each stripe on her belt represents a specific timeframe in days, the amount of application and technique classes. Photo by Michele Meyers

Gabriel Davila hugged Breanna Blackwood after she successfully completed her black belt test. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Gabriel Davila hugged Breanna Blackwood after she successfully completed her black belt test. Photo by Michele Meyers

Three people were required to support the kicking boards for Breanna Blackwoods kicking phase of the performance. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Three people were required to support the kicking boards for Breanna Blackwoods kicking phase of the performance. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood executed three kicks during the board breaking phase of testing including the kick after step. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood executed three kicks during the board breaking phase of testing including the kick after step. Photo by Michele Meyers

Volunteers were recruited to hold the boards for Breanna Blackwood in the breaking phase of the 1st degree black belt test. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Volunteers were recruited to hold the boards for Breanna Blackwood in the breaking phase of the 1st degree black belt test. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood broke two boards during the hopping front kick. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood broke two boards during the hopping front kick. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood signed her 1st degree black belt certificate during the ceremony at Stan Lee's United Martial Arts studio. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood signed her 1st degree black belt certificate during the ceremony at Stan Lee's United Martial Arts studio. Photo by Michele Meyers

Stan Lee and Breanna Blackwood bowed during the 1st degree black belt ceremony. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Stan Lee and Breanna Blackwood bowed during the 1st degree black belt ceremony. Photo by Michele Meyers

Stan Lee tied the black belt around Breanna Blackwood's waist during the award ceremony. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Stan Lee tied the black belt around Breanna Blackwood's waist during the award ceremony. Photo by Michele Meyers

Stan Lee and student Breanna Blackwood. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Stan Lee and student Breanna Blackwood. Photo by Michele Meyers

Breanna Blackwood (front) poses with fellow black belts: Tyler Whitby, Stan Lee, David Bondjuk and David Stewart. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 |

Breanna Blackwood (front) poses with fellow black belts: Tyler Whitby, Stan Lee, David Bondjuk and David Stewart. Photo by Michele Meyers

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