Man Doesn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Keep Him from Becoming Black Belt in Karate

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THROOP -- A martial arts student who is confined to a wheelchair has reached the highest level of training.

Paul Guzzi, 29, has cerebral palsy, but that didn't stop him from attaining a first-degree black belt.

Guzzi studies karate at Red Dragon Karate in Clifford and was awarded his black belt during a ceremony at Mid Valley High School in Throop on Sunday.

In order to reach black belt status, his training was tailored to using hand motions and Guzzi's wheelchair.

Guzzi is the first differently abled person to get a black belt from his martial arts school.

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    It’s so nice to have these kinds of offerings for people to participate in at their own level of ability. The people who spearhead and train and assist in these progressive, and essential, programs are doing our communities, and society in general, a great service.

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