Peekskill family overcomes tragedy through martial arts

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A Peekskill family has found a way to overcome tragedy by fighting their way to the top with martial arts.

Deborah Paul, of Peekskill, started taking karate classes at Go No Sen in Peekskill after her four daughters picked it up. She says she was falling in love with martial arts around the same time she lost her husband. Paul's husband passed away three years ago from complications with a broken ankle.

The women say the loss left a void in their lives, but they found strength in spending time at karate class. That strength has helped them achieve a black belt.

"I think he would say keep going, keep fighting, do what you love," says Olivia Paul.

School instructor Renshi Adam McCauley says a family of five females accomplishing this success is unique.

The Pauls say practicing karate has helped them cope and they know their loved one would be proud of them.

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