Massena youth earns Akido black belt

Jonathan G French, an 8th grader from Massena Central School for passing his test for a first-degree black belt (Shodan) in Aikido under Master Instructor Shihan Andrew Gayeskie from Massena Martial Arts. French has now earned four martial art black belts before he turns 14 in October. Sensei French is also a third-degree black belt in ITF Tae Kwon Do, a second-degree black belt in Joshiki, a first- degree Black Belt in Kang Shi Do, and he is the youngest member of the AMAWW Black Belt Council.

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