One black belt is not enough for one 13-year-old Treasure Mountain Junior High School girl. Elizabeth Grace (Betsi) Thompson, as of Sept. 28 and forevermore, will be a certified black belt in both Gen Jitsu Karate and in Tae Kwon Do. Betsi has studied under Marcia Mason, her mentor/instructor, of Peak Karate/ Gurlfytrz Non-Profit for almost eight years.
Betsi's grueling test lasted over five hours. The test included five miles of running, performing novice to advanced forms and one-step sparring, a demonstration of her superior board breaking skills and a 30-minute non-stop sparring session that would have made most men quit.
Betsi also performs, teaches and competes for Gurlfytrz, a nonprofit organization that helps women in need.