UPKUDO's Youngest Sensei

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

12-year-old Brittney Roddenberry is the youngest person ever to achieve the level of black belt and continue on to become a Sensei in UPKUDO.

"You have to try very hard and focus - just give it your best." Brittney says.

But the Sensei belt wasn't just handed to her, Brittney's been training since she was 2-years-old. Brittney's parents were there every step of the way as her teachers and her grandmother, Master Anne, teared up when belting the young woman she calls her UPKUDO baby.

Master Anne Radke says, "She used to run underneath our legs and we'd say Brittney alert Brittney alert but she's always loved to come to class. She's never stopped in 10 years."

Brent and Lisa Roddenberry, Brittney's parents say, "When she stuck around and wanted to do it, I was like wow that's cool. We can do it together as a family and learn from each other."

And the discipline goes beyond the karate mat, the humble straight 'A' student says she's not done yet. "I'm going to try to get my Renchi belt and try to become a master."

Brittney's not the only one in her family to make UPKUDO history. Master Anne is the first woman to ever achieve such a high level ... Her daughter, Lisa, is also a master. But Tuesday night was all about Brittney

UPKUDO has been around for 36 years and works on the philosophy "Positive Input, Positive Output" and "Love Always Wins".

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  • by Cobra Kai Dojo Location: Kick A**ville on Dec 22, 2010 at 01:06 PM
  • by Sensei Anthony Location: Kissimmee on Dec 22, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    I can remember training in 1999 with Master Anne and wondering who this little rug rat was running around jumping in between everyone's legs, kicking the bags, and yelling. Now, she's blossoming into a fine young lady and kicking butt along the way. Way to go!
  • by Sensei Debbie Location: Alpha/Tully's on Dec 22, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    Brittney is truly awesome and inspiring. She sets the prime example of how children in this day and age can accomplish great things if they just set their heart and mind to it.
  • by Master Anne Location: Alpha UPKUDO on Dec 22, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    Thanks you WCTV for doing such a fine job we very much appreciate you. With all the bad news today it is so nice to have some good being broadcast! What a joy and blessing to be the teacher and Grand Mother of this outstanding young woman who through dedication reached her goal. Thank you Grand Master Baker for starting an awesome system where Love Does Always Win. She is a true reflection of Gods love and UPKUDO's great system and her parents dedication.
  • by Mr. Will Location: Tullys/Lafayette Upkudo on Dec 22, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    Congradulations Sensei Brittany! You have grown so much since we first met almost 8 years ago. May your next 10 years of training be as intense and productive as the first 10. I agree with Ms Tracy it was a honor and a priviledge to have been a witness to this event!
  • by Tracy Location: Tallahassee, FL on Dec 22, 2010 at 01:00 AM
    As a member of UPKUDO, I am glad to have witnessed this historic moment in UPKUDO history. Way to go, Sensei Brittney!
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