Black Dragon celebrates their one-year anniversary

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Black Dragon owner Ken Ducote, alongside his wife Kristine, presents a young student with a prize.

Prairieville's Black Dragon Martial Arts celebrated their one-year anniversary recently . Black Dragon is locally owned and operated by Master Ken Ducote of the Tactical Hapkito/Univeral Taekwondo Alliance under Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker.

Ducote is the Louisiana State Director for the Alliance, and Black Dragon is presently the only school in the state certified and chartered to teach Tactical Hapkido.

All of their students, families and friends were invited to the school to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Between 60 and 70 attended the celebration.

A covered dish dinner, games and prizes were given.

Black Dragon is a family-oriented school. In fact, it's the premier martial arts school in Ascension parish when it comes to families training together.

The saying, "A family that prays together, stays together" is taken a bit further. At Black Dragon, it's not only about praying, but they also believe, "A family that kicks together, stays together."

From humble beginnings in the driveways to the present school facility, Black Dragon has become a "place of the way"--teaching life's lessons both on and off of the mat.

At Black Dragon, it is their mission to teach anyone who truly has the heart to train. It is encouraged that families train together. Research has proven that martial arts create a bonding effect in the family unit. With the proper instruction, martial arts are a valuable outlet for families to share a common interest and enrich their lives.

At Black Dragon, there are children students as young as 6 to adult students in their 60s. There are no contracts, sign-up or testing fees.

Feel free to visit them for a free introductory class in either the Little Dragons (ages 6-10) division, adult Taekwondo or Tactical Hapkito. You can call them at (225) 571-2405 or visit their website at