By Hailey Konnath
Marcus Yuen was a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy when he earned his first degree of black belt. Nine years later, he’s continued his success.
Marcus Yuen could probably knock you out.
He wouldn’t. He’s far too nice, smiles too big, jokes too much. But the 21-year-old second-degree black belt in karate probably could do it.
Marcus practices karate kata, which doesn’t involve combat, as well as kobudo kata, which uses Okinawan weapons.
He’s worked harder than most to achieve his ability. You wouldn’t know it by looking at his collection of Cornhusker State Games medals or hearing about all of his accomplishments, but his life has been something of an uphill battle at times. Marcus has cerebral palsy.
“He started (karate) when he was 6, and he couldn’t do anything,” said Sharon Yuen, Marcus’ mom. “He couldn’t take just one step, but he loved it. Many surgeries later and many years of practice later, and he can do it.”
And not just do it — he can win it.
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