88-year-old a fourth degree black belt, teaches karate

Wanda Dovenspike was 72 years old when she started learning how to kickbox. It evolved and now, 16 years later, the student has become the teacher.

On any given day, you can find Wanda at Mountain View Karate in Scottsdale, Arizona. It all started in 1999 with a cardio class.

"I started when I was 72-years-old, I started cardio kickboxing and decided I liked it. and when the class ended Master Nick said 'why don't you start Tae Kwon Do?' and I said I can't do it. He said 'yes you can', and I did," said Wanda Dovenspike.

That was 16 1/2-years-ago. Today, at the age of 88, she's known as Master Dovenspike has earned a fourth-degree blackbelt and teaches so she can keep her skills sharp.

"This is like my second home," she said.

Dovenspike said karate keeps her focused, sharp, and nimble at her age.

"They used to tease me because I used to ride the bus to work, I worked until a year ago, and they said they didn't need protection because they had me on the bus, so they felt safe," said Dovenspike.

Nick Koclanis, owns the karate studio and said Master Dovenspike has become an institution here.

"Her energy when she walked in the door is really powerful, and it's really a blessing to have her," Koclanis said.

Her passion, dedication, and commitment are now the pillars in her teaching.

"You never get too old to do this," said Dovenspike.

Dovenspike teaches 5-6 days a week at the school and isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

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