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CD Young's Karate in Henderson - Vegas Born From Family and Leadership

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November 19, 2019 By CD Young's Karate

CD Young’s love of karate started the way many little kids discover the sport, through movies and shows.

“When I was 6 years old, my father noticed my interest and decided to look for a school,” Young said. “When we found the school that fit what we were looking for, he signed us both up for lessons. Since then, it has been a lifetime of learning and sharing this special activity with my Dad.”

Young, a native of the Las Vegas Valley, grew up, graduated from the University of Nevada and started work as a realtor, but his passion for teaching karate lingered in the background. Young volunteered as a part-time instructor, weapons instructor and demo team coordinator.  In 2017, Young earned his Masters Rank of 5th Dan under the International Martial Arts Council of America.  Since then, Young has been certified in his rank by GM Robert Frankovich and SGM Joon P Choi of his Song Moo Kwan lineage.

In 2008, Young took a leadership class at Disneyland where he was asked to draw out his dream on a piece of paper. He drew a picture of his future karate studio.

“My wife kept that paper framed for a few years on our kitchen counter where we saw it every day,” Young said. “Then, in 2012, we were both training, teaching, and working full time and decided that we should take this energy and put it into our own business.”

Since then, CD Young’s Karate has grown to more than 170 students and families who train weekly throughout the year at the studio on Horizon Ridge Parkway. The school offers traditional classes as well training in weaponry, women’s self-defense and anti-bullying.
 


“We believe that our school is about so much more than just training skill sets,” Young said. “We host park days, kids’ nights, birthday parties, holiday events, tournaments, karate testing, and much more to share the entire karate experience with our families and our local community.”

This summer, Young reached another personal and professional milestone when he was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

“This year I was honored, alongside my father, with the Distinguished Instructor of the Year,” Young said. “It was an incredibly special moment for our family.”

Young’s father, Gary Young, and his wife, Michele Young are also instructors at the school where character takes precedence over “breaking boards” and “winning trophies.” Those experiences are fun, Young said, but they shouldn’t be the only thing a kid takes away from karate. Young thinks his background in teaching leadership development adds to his ability to “produce strong martial artists and good leaders for our community.”

“We really love what we do and take a lot of time to know and grow with the families that come into our school,” he said. “We aren’t just martial arts for the sport or a belt, we believe it takes time to develop and mature into the kind of people we need in our community. We like to see our students grow up with their martial arts and make it a long lasting and special part of their life.”
 


This article was presented and sponsored by CD Young's Karate. For more information, go to karatenv.com.


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