He may be only 8 years old,k but already he has quite a resume as a martial artist.

Britt Sink, son of Jamie Sink and Stephen Sink is a rising third-grader at Friedberg Elementary by day, but after school and weekends he can be found at Samurai Martial Arts in Welcome, where he trains with Bill Daniels in karate and Josh Whitman in Brazilian Jujitsu. Daniels is a ninth degree black belt and Whitman has a purple belt in jujitsu.

Young Britt’s training has resulted in many trophies, the most recent being at the Carolina Martial Arts Open in West Columbia, South Carolina. There he became the Grand Champion for the 11 and under division. He won first place in all four of the divisions in which he competed. Britt holds a third degree brown belt in karate and a one-stripe white belt in Brazilian jujitsu. He has been studying martial arts for three years and competing for two years.

Competitions have taken the family to Danville, Virginia, Hickory and Clemmons, West Columbia, Spartanburg and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Brit’s mother said karate has taught her son many things, including respect for himself and others, confidence and self-esteem, and the most important, the ability to focus. She went on to say that the rule at the Dojo, the Japanese name for studio, is ‘Do what you are told the first time you are asked and do it with respect.’ Brit’s next tournament will be later this month is West Columbia, S.C.

Lions club travels to Camp Dogwood

The members of the Arcadia Lions Club recently traveled to the campus of Camp Dogwood, located on Lake Norman. Camp Dogwood is a facility equipped to provide outdoor experiences for the visually impaired. The Arcadia Lions Club held their pancake supper on May 18. The sponsors for this event were Lions Bill and Jewell Walker, in memory of Tracy Perdue.

In other news, the Arcadia Lions Club held their blood drive on May 24. The Leo Club of North Davidson High School assisted in serving hotdogs to the donors, along with one of their members donating blood for the first time. The volunteers were Jacob Craig, Micaela Myers, Madison Bumgarner, and Hailey Rosdhal. The young donor was Emma Stone.

The Lions wish to thank all those that came out and donated. Arcadia is fortunate to have such an active club that engages with the community and gives back as well.

Church group to have yard sale

The Heart Circle of Mt Olivet United Methodist Church will have a yard sale on Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church. Ham biscuits and hot dogs will be available for purchase. The proceeds will benefit various mission projects. The church is located at the corner of Mt. Olivet Church Road and Community Road, across from the Arcadia ballfields. Spaces are also available for rent for $15 each. Call (336) 788-9678 for information.

Come to Bible cchool

It’s time to mark your calendar for the famous Mt. Olivet UMC-Enterprise Moravian Vacation Bible School. The kickoff will be July 22 and will continue each evening through July 26. This year’s theme is SonTreasure Island. As in past years the church will be artistically transformed into a tropical island. Join in the search for the greatest treasure of all.

Carolina Cross Connection Getting Ready

Beginning June 24, a team of 24 youth and six adults will leave from Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church for a week of mission work in Casar, NC. They will be bunking at South Mountain Family Camp and going into communities from there to do service projects for people who are unable to do them themselves. Our warm wishes and prayers go with this team as they become the hands and feet of Christ.

Something to think about

“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start.” - Anthony Bourdain

To report news of Arcadia, call Lynette Wikle at (336) 408-1280 or email at arcadianews16@gmail.com.