By AMANDA SOTELO
Special for the NEWS
Mia Escamilla recently spent a Saturday morning on South Padre Island for more than fun in the sun.
The 12-year-old brown belt joined his martial arts team from Metamorphix Martial Arts in Harlingen for an Adopt-a-Beach cleanse on Earth Day.
“It was my way, our way of helping our community by keeping our beaches clean,” she said. “Being able to serve our community, while helping our environment, is a good feeling.”
As an aspiring martial artist, her goal is to make this world a better place and she said her Metamorphix martial arts instructor and owner, San Benito native Anastacia Ortiz, instills these values in all of her students.
“Our instructor (Ortiz) not only teaches us martial arts and trains us to improve our techniques and forms, but she helps us all around,” Escamilla said. “She loves helping others and caring for our environment and she teaches us that being a black belt is more than just a color, it’s being good people and making a difference in our community.”
Ortiz, who has been training for nearly a decade, said she combines a variety of teachings in her martial arts program, and serving the community is just one aspect of every student’s training. .
“It was a memorable experience for all of us in the sense that we did it together; we came together for a cause greater than ourselves,” Ortiz said. “Thanks to our fraternity, we learned new things about each other and our region. I was also able to include mentorship conversations with my students and get together with their families, who were also in attendance. »
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