Harrison High senior earns third-degree black belt

At age 5, Ozan Wood could only dream of earning his black belt in karate, but 12 years later, he has gone well beyond that.

On Saturday, August 11, the Harrison High senior earned a very impressive third-degree black belt at Farmington Martial Arts on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington. Wood trained four times a week for two years in preparation for his test.

Ozan Wood Black Belt
Ozan Wood, a Harrison High senior, breaks a stack of boards to earn his third-degree black belt. (courtesy Tanya Nordhaus)

“At this point, it’s just part of me,” he said. “I’m twelve years in. This what I do. It’s not like, oh, I have to train, I have to teach. I make every class. I make every time I have to teach. It’s just how it is now.”

Jeff Duncan, co-owner of Farmington Martial Arts, said Wood has an exceptional level of determination. “That level of focus and discipline is extraordinary for someone his age.”

Tanya Nordhaus, the parent of a child who has studied at Farmington Martial Arts for two years, calls Wood “a role model” for the other students.

“Many of these kids aspire to attain their first degree black belt, but to see that one of their young instructors has achieved a third degree black belt, now they can dream higher,” she said.

This information was submitted by Farmington Voice reader Tanya Nordhaus. Do you know a young person who deserves some attention for an exceptional accomplishment? Send the details to joni@farmingtonvoice.com