5-year-old Arizona girl a national karate champion


by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on August 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 12:06 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kaylee Monigan Berger just got back from Nevada after winning a national championship title in karate. She said she likes karate because you can defend yourself.

But this little karate kid can do more than just defend herself. Kaylee said her favorite move is the "head kick."

"You go and kick above your stomach to your head," Kaylee explained.

“Kaylee is a perfectionist. For a 5-year-old, she just has an incredible talent and then she tries to make everything as perfect as possible," Sensei Richard Poage from Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts & Healing Center said. "She even does it better than some of the older kids because of how much effort she puts in doing the techniques right,"

Kaylee, along with her older brother, Jackson, and two teenage students, Dalys and Rachel, all took part in the National Karate Champions in Nevada.

Poage said 11 athletes from Peaceful Warrior took part in the event, which featured more than 1,000 competitors.

"We brought back eight medals," he said.

When little Kaylee starts getting into boys, her dad said he won’t be nervous.

“No, I'm not going to be too worried about it," Michael Berger said. "That was a little bit of a decision as to why we got her involved in it. Her brother does it and she always got interested watching him, so we signed her up."

Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts, where Kaylee and her bother train, is located at 7830 E. Redfield Road, Suites 11/12, Scottsdale.

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