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Futch reaches Judan

Friday, May 24, 2002

A lifetime of involvement in martial arts has taken Curtis Futch to a level that few achieve Judan, which is a 10th degree black belt, the highest such level to be held.Futch, grandmaster of the Mighty Warriors Dojo in Franklin, was awarded the honor on May 11.Forty years of dedication and patience helped Futch through the 10 colored belts to get to the black belt level, and then the 10 levels required to obtain Judan.The state of Arkansas claims only two 10th degree black belt holders, Futch and Tom Hunnicutt, who is the founder and supreme advisor of the Ozark Karate Association, of which Futch currently serves as president.Futch is a four-time member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, which is an international organization and lists such luminaries as Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan among its ranks.In addition to being recognized as the founder of a style known as American Freestyle Kempo, Futch teaches martial arts at the Mighty Warriors Dojo in Franklin and has satellite schools in Jonesboro, Mountain Home, South Dakota and Florida.Part of the dojo's purpose is to help provide food to the needy via The Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Franklin.The dojo, along with the Ozark Mountain Karate Association, has held an annual tournament for the past nine years to help out with this cause.This year's tournament held in Violet Hill on April 27 raised 425 containers of food.The United States Marine Corps has honored Futch by awarding him a plaque for his community service.

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