11 year old nationally ranked in martial arts

Published 1:14 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2024

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Raegan Campbell, an 11 year old from Mocksville, is one of the top martial artists in the country.

At the North American Sport Karate Association banquet in Chicago, Il., on Jan. 13, Campbell received 2023 recognition for national champion for forms, national top 10 for weapons and world top 10 for black belt.

She has been training in karate for five and a half years. She has traveled across the country and in Canada to compete against some of the best martial artists in the world. She trains with Chikara Martial Arts and Emmersyn Cottingham, who is a world champion martial artist from Lexington.

“I have been training Raegan just over a year, but she’s been doing karate since she was 5,” Cottingham said. “It has been awesome to watch my first student work so hard to become successful and work to be the best she can. I think that if Raegan can continue to keep working hard, she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.”