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Family Picnic ~ March 23, 2024
Dozens of UPKUDO family members gathered in front of trees in the park

The Family Picnic was a huge success. Almost 100 friends and family brought food and beverages. We had an Easter Egg hunt for the kids and older teens played flag football. Parents were able to enjoy each other’s company at the beautiful Lee Vause Park.

Student Promotions ~ March 7, 2024
Sarah, Justin, and Daniel pose in their uniforms with their new ranks

On March 7th, 2024 Sarah Aperauch received her Black Belt. Sensei Justin English and Sensei Daniel Boydston received their 3rd degree black belt.

REAL Essentials Career Class 2024
Collage of Real Essentials participants holding participation certificates.

Thank you so much to the following community leaders that came out to participate in the REAL Essentials Career Class. All the students enjoyed the class very much. Interviewers were Jeronda Robinson with Gadsden Board of County Commissioners, Betty Kellum with Betty Kellum Realty, Candice Dowdy and Jessica Dice- both with Capital City Bank, Kay Pelt-Walker with Leon County Volunteer Services and Corey Herron with Chick-Fil-A. It is with the-support and education of programs like A Better Body non-profit offers, that enables our teens to grow into responsible successful individuals. Special thanks to FedEx Cares for sponsoring this event and to Alpha's Upkudo for the use of their facility.

Renshi Lisa Receives 5th Degree Black Belt ~ December 26, 2023
Renshi Lisa with Master Anne and Brent Roddenberry

On December 26, 2023, Renshi Lisa Roddenberry received her 5th degree black belt. Renshi Lisa began karate with Master Anne in 1994 at Lafayette Community Center, helped establish the Alpha UPKUDO dojo and kickboxing classes in 1999 with Master Anne. She taught the afterschool classes and helped teach the night classes for 18 years. She is the Vice President of the UPKUDO International Karate Federation and Director of A Better Body nonprofit. She is a US Open International Karate Champion and was the Division State Champion for many years. She has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame as Female Instructor of the year. Some of the students she has taught went on to achieve Black Belt and have won many battles in competition. A well-deserved accomplishment for her love and loyalty to Alpha UPKUDO and the students. She stays green so she can continue to grow, humble and a great example for others to follow.


Latest Updates
June 2nd, 2022

Sensei’s Brandon Keefer, Justin English and Daniel Boydston all passed their 2nd Degree Black Belt tests on May 11, 2022

Master Anne Radke promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt PhD in Martial Arts. March 22, 2022 pictured with Grand Master Gary Baker

Sarah Warren class at Lafayette UPKUDO promoted May 2022 carrying on the tradition. Since 1992 Master Anne and her students have been teaching for over 30 years.

Three pictures: class photo with 2nd Degree blackbelts, picture of Master Anne and Grandmaster Baker, group shot of Lafayette UPKUDO class

2022 Personal Safety Victors not Victims Seminar
May 25, 2022

Personal Safety Victors not Victims Seminar participants learned the 3 As of self defense Awareness, Assessment and Action. Participants learned to get out of chokes, grabs and different attacks. Pictures and videos are on Alpha UPKUDO's Facebook Page.

We also have now 40 enrolled students in the ABB 4ME program which teaches UPKUDO karate and the cognitive, emotional and social aspects of mental health. This program started in May 2021 with 7 students and has grown significantly due to the success of covering topics and activities to strengthen the family and help all feel accepted loved and included.
  1. Respect for self and others
  2. Self-confidence and self-control
  3. Stress reduction, physical activity
  4. How to ask questions and express themselves properly
  5. How to relax when upset
  6. Problem solving skills
  7. Following rules and instruction from instructors
  8. Flexibility and balance
  9. Recognizing their strengths
  10. How to deal with rude mean and bully behavior/learn self-defense
  11. Receive praise and encouragement
  12. Teambuilding/working with a partner
Group photos from recent classes

Course Teaches Life Skills
Gadsden County Times
By Anne Radke
November 21, 2018

As part of the REAL Essentials Life Skills course, students at Crossroad Academy located in Quincy recently learned about distracted driving.

FHP Lt. Derrick Rahming recently visited the school and talked to students about drowsy, distracted, and impaired driving.

The students were given the opportunity to wear Fatal Vision (DUI) goggles, which simulate how a person’s balance, vision, judgement, and reaction time are impaired by the influence of alcohol and drugs. Impaired driving is simply not worth the risk of losing your life or the lives of others.

The students also participated in a demonstration with Anne Radke. The activity involved doing simple tasks such as putting on a shirt or walking to get to their vehicle while impaired, allowing students to feel the confusion, lack of control and poor judgement caused by being under the influence.

In a separate class the students met with several professionals simulating mock job interviews. Each interviewer asked students questions and offered advice on how they could enter in the job market.

The REAL Essentials course was approved by the Gadsden County School Board for Anne Radke and Geremy Gerald to teach in Gadsden Schools. More than 250 students have graduated the course over the past five years, building character, learning how to make better decisions, how to set goals, overcome obstacles, make better choices and prepare for a career or continuing education.

The course does not cost the county, schools or parents anything sing it is a nonprofit program of A Better Body located in Havana. For more on how you can enroll your teen in the course, contact Anne Radke at 850-566-4544 or 850-566-4544 at A Better Body in Havana.

Difference Maker: Anne Radke
The Herald
By Judy Conlin
October 11, 2018

Anne Radke has lived four miles outside of Havana for 31 years and has two grown children. Since 1999, she has owned and operated a karate school at 1412 Florida-Georgia Highway, just southeast of Havana, which she said she named "Alpha" as a testament that she "puts God first" in every aspect of her life. Radke is known around town as "Master Anne," as she is both chief instructor and a sixth level dan black belt (the "dan" is a traditional ranking system used by many Japanese and Korean-based martial arts organizations). She will soon be testing for level seven. In 2008, Radke founded a nonprofit called "A Better Body" to educate those who need health and safety training. She takes this program into Gadsden County schools, raising the money it takes to do so herself. Radke receives no school board or county funding but believes her mission to help students "not be victims, but victors" is so important, she feels compelled to persevere in the face of challenges. Radke has trained thousands of students in self-defense and bullying prevention, and she has programs available for all ages. "Gadsden County residents have lots of potential and lots of talent," she said, adding most of her school's competition winners have been from Gadsden County.

What is the difference between your karate school and your "A Better Body" organization?
The school teaches the techniques of karate and enters students into competitive events. Students pay for the training. A few students who can't afford tuition receive scholarships from A Better Body to attend the [karate] school. The nonprofit is an educational program. Students do not pay for these services. Donations really help. Bullying prevention is a major area of education. I developed a "Can Do" program for those with body limitations to overcome those limitations and be successful in life. We work in public high schools to change the mindset of students-to change their view of themselves and to set goals. As previously stated, we want them to be "victors, not victims." We also do demonstrations for the public. We will be having a demo at The Pumpkin Festival in Havana October 13 at 11 a.m.

How long have you been teaching?
27 years.

What type of education or certifications prepared you for this work?
There are so many. I am certified as a Master Fitness Trainer, Real Essential Life Coach Instructor, Senior Fitness Specialist, Youth Fitness Instructor, Sports Nutritionist, Aqua Zumba Instructor and Group Fitness Instructor. I completed courses in personality development and trained with the Department of Children and Families for attachment difficulties, childhood trauma and reactive attachment disorder.

Tell me what honors in martial arts you have received.
Again, there are many. I've been inducted into the Martial Arts Grand Master's International Council. In 2000, I was Instructor of the Year at the Kung Fu Hall of Fame and Woman of the Year at the American Federation of Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2001, I received a Life Achievement Award at the World Christian Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the Spirit Award for Dedication to Martial Arts at the 2001 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame. In 2002, I received the Excellence in Martial Arts Award at the 2002 Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame. In 2004, I was Woman of the Year at the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2006, I was Instructor of the Year in the Florida Cosmopolitan Hall of Fame. I also won Business of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce in Tallahassee three years in a row. However, I feel my greatest achievement is being able to help others succeed.

Any honors in community service?
I have gotten many letters of commendation for my work in the community such as from the Gadsden County School Board, the Governor, House of Representatives, Alan Williams, Department of Health, Gadsden Health Council and many others.

How have your students done?
I'm so glad you asked. They say the proof is in the pudding, and the students have done amazingly well. They have earned 4,064 victories in competition. Our school is full of trophies. They are going to Alabama October 6 and October 27 to compete, so keep your fingers crossed. Over 100 students have graduated from the Real Essentials Life Skills Course in the schools and that is a really big deal. The students are awesome.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Yes, I'd like to teach Essential Life Skills in Middle School. I think the younger you can get to children and get them to think positively about themselves, the better. I have difficulty just raising funds for those in high school. If there could be additional donations or some type of funding for middle school it would be a tremendous help. I can be contacted at 850-514-4334.

Gadsden County Times and Havana Herald
December 20, 2012
Fitness Plan Just in Time For New Year (Gadsden County Times title)
4Me Program at A Better Body (Havana Herald title)

Time is so precious to all of us and working out in activities that you enjoy or would like to try out will help motivate you to be healthier. A Better Body's certified fitness and safety experts are knowledgeable about health, safety and sports nutrition and can support you in your efforts to improve your health. They are there to guide you through the 4Me 's variety of activities, answer questions, make suggestions & recommendations on a weekly basis that could help you achieve your goals in fitness. Each month's activities are online at and their Facebook page A Better Body Health and Safety.

4Me activities help get people in shape and they are fun. They dont call it exercise but rather movement which everyone's body responds positively to. Regardless of ability, there is something that you can do even from sitting in a chair. Motivation is another key element of 4Me to inspire you to make changes to improve your health. When you have a group of people who like each other and have a common bond, you are more likely to move your body.

The program "4Me" kicks off in January 2013 and runs all year because of donations from churches, businesses and individuals. Activities such as biking, walking, fitness classes, karate, personal safety training, boot camp class, kayaking and strength training. E-mail communication for fitness and safety tips are sent out weekly. January 5th starts things off with a 1 to 5 mile Bike Ride . Each Monday E-Tips from Ask the Trainer will be sent out to all who are on the E-Mail list with topics to cover a variety of diet, exercise, health and safety issues. On January 12th there will be a combination day of Pre-test conducted in Fitness strength, flexibility and cardio that includes a 1 mile walk/run at the A Better Body location. On January 17th a Goal Setting class with a Life Coach to get those on the program started with ideas on how to achieve their health living goals. January 31st features a fitness/kickboxing class.

Additional activities include Pilates & Dance Class, Fitness Boot Camp in the Spring, Beach Training Day in May, Personal Safety Seminars, Karate classes, and Kayaking in the Summer.

The concept of 4Me is you start the program for yourself, you meet others who join up with you then the proceeds received from your donation are used to fund the program and bring fitness activities for the kids in the summer. If doing something for yourself and others is not enough reason to donate and get started, there is another advantage to the 4Me program. It is a tax write off for all donations given to A Better Body as it is a 501C3. If you are a Capital Health Plan member, you are eligible for a fitness reimbursement up to $150 for participating in the activities. If you participate in one activity like karate or fitness/kickboxing on a more regular basis, A Better Body's agreement with Alpha UPKUDO entitles you to 25% off the month to month rate.

Donating to the 4Me Program will help you get or keep you healthier and it will help others. If you would like to donate and find out how to receive the information on these free activities, contact Anne Radke at 850-566-4544 or email All donations should be made payable to A Better Body and mail to 1412 FL GA HWY Havana FL 32333. Or click on Pay Pal button on the website

Havana Herald
June 7, 2012

Training students this summer will be a lot easier thanks to Capital City Bank Group Foundation's donation to A Better Body's program at Alpha UPKUDO Karate. This summer several students from Gadsden County will benefit from equipment purchased from the $500 donation made by the Foundation. The check was presented to Master Anne Radke at Alpha UPKUDO by Judy Johnson of Havana's Capital City Bank.

Capital City Bank Group Foundation is a Partner in Fitness with A Better Body non profit located in Havana which believes in helping youth discover ways to grow. With the programs that A Better Body offers, students become healthier, learn ways to be safer and even receive training for career and personality development.

Master Anne knows personally how helpful it can be for young people to have someone believe in them and open their minds to another way of looking a life. Karate may seem like it is violent with sparring, which is what the equipment is used for, but in the ring a lot of life lessons are learned.

When you face your opponent whether it be a problem or a challenge, you have choices to make; run from it, confront it or create an alternative route. Fear stops a lot of people and makes them act in ways that don't serve them best. Sparring helps you see where your weaknesses as well as your strengths are. Some think it is a physical activity only but in fact it is by using your mind, the student learns to make the right choices. As Master Anne was told by her teacher," You learn to fight so you dont have to. You control the situation by your decisions and actions".

Confidence and courage are other key element students learn as they spar. The equipment helps keep the students safe while they are learning. As they increase in skill, they can participate in tournaments and perhaps win trophies as the other Alpha UPKUDO students have done over 3000 times in the past 10 years.

A young girl started karate with her mother at Alpha UPKUDO. She was overweight, bullied at school, shy and lacked confidence. With training she evolved to become the youngest person ever to achieve black belt and win both Division State Titles in Kata and Fighting. Today as a high school student she is confident, happy and certainly not bullied.

The positive programs Alpha UPKUDO and A Better Body offers can change lives and give hope for a happier , more successful and healthier life. For more information contact Master Anne @ 514-4334 or visit the website at or

Gadsden County Times and Havana Herald
April 10, 2012

Bond of Karate

Alpha UPKUDO Karate does more than train children and teens but adults as well to become champions in life. In UPKUDO karate, families are drawn closer together both as teammates and as an extended family. Karate is different than other sports as it is year round, always evolving to an achieve even greater accomplishment in life. It does not just focus on a few weeks and end but rather is ongoing toward the quest to discover how to be the best you can possibly be. UPKUDO karate is unique in that classes are offered so that the parents or caregivers of the youth are also allowed to train at the same time . This builds family unity and creates a strong sense of belonging.

Many children in Gadsden County come to our afterschool classes to train at a place where neither public school, race, financial status or age matter, but rather that they are all one in a family who loves and appreciates them. This is the philosophy of our founder of UPKUDO Grand Master Gary Lee Baker. Parents enjoy watching their children and some even love training with them.

Endorsements from parents like Eric Jefferies, who trains with his son Malik, says "I always wanted to do karate as a child but never got the opportunity. Now that my son is interested in it, we can do this together. It builds a stronger bond. We really enjoy being in the demonstrations like Red Heals in the community." Parent Heather Gallagher said, "I've felt sense of belonging from the moment I first stepped through the doors of Alpha UPKUDO as well instantly extended my family and the list of those I consider to be very dear to my heart. Every class is taught with positive encouragement and everyone there sincerely wants you to succeed. Being a part of UPKUDO has deepened the bonds I have with my children since this has been and will continue to be a journey we are on together." Chris McAllister and his son Kyle have been in UPKUDO karate for almost 4 years now and commented "For years I watched my son grow up in UPKUDO and with the encouragement of the other students and instructors, I decided to join and now I am an assistant instructor. I look forward to the day we both become black belts."

I personally have experienced how strong the bond of karate is to a family. I have trained and taught my daughter for the past 20 years who is now a 4th degree Master, Renshi Lisa Roddenberry, grand daughter from the age of 2 years old, Sensei Brittney Roddenberry and son in law Sensei Brent Roddenberry. UPKUDO Karate is a family bond so strong that no hardship or challenge can break. It is a means in which strength in body, mind and spirit are forged. It also makes the sweetest memories as we compete and put on demonstrations.

By sharing with others the knowledge of important life skills learned at Alpha UPKUDO such confidence, patience, respect, honor, focus, integrity and discipline, we can make a difference not just in our family but the extended karate family as well. " Alpha" UPKUDO was named in honor of God. His blessings have been many these past 20 years. We appreciate Him, Grand Master Baker and all those who share in this great love. We believe in families so much that we are offering a 2 for 1 training so that it is affordable for the families. If you would like more information visit our website at or call 514-4334.

Gadsden County Times and Havana Herald
February 10, 2012

The 21st Century After School Program sponsored by Tallahassee Community College has helped 38 children from Stewart Street Elementary and Carter Parramore Academy received promotion in Karate with the Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts and Fitness Learning Center and A Better Body program. The children have been attending classes over the past 4 four months were tested on basic knowledge of UPKUDO Karate and their life skills such as respect, personal safety, self control, rules and teamwork.

Mr. Roger Milton along with the assistance of Ms. Dorothy Thomas, Ms. Milton, and Ms. Gainous have worked very hard with Master Anne Radke to provide the children the best opportunity for growth. Each student received a 3rd degree white belt, diploma, congratulatory handshakes and hugs by Master Anne and instructors of Alpha UPKUDO, Mr.Gerald, Ms. Helton, and Mr. Blanton. Future plans of putting on a demonstration for the parents in April will show everyone just how much these students have grown and the skills they have learned.

Havana Herald
January 26, 2012

A Better Body non profit organization partnered with Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts and Fitness in Havana to demonstrate a show of martial arts skills at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Health Fair at the Goodwood Plantation on January 14th. The students put on a great show for the audience with weapons, kata, self defense, point sparring and great family unity. A skit was also demonstrated how persons with special needs can defend themselves.

For many of the Gadsden county youth, such as Nolan who is 4 years old, it was the first time demonstrating in public. The message came though loud and clear that families who train together can create healthier and safer lifestyles as well as build closer loving relationships. Of the 30 students in the demonstration, over 70% were family members which truly represented the theme "Love Always Wins". Participating in programs offered by A Better Body can bring families together to create happier and healthier lifestyles physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.

For more information on programs offered contact Master Anne Radke at 514-4334 or visit the website

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Family Health Fair Demo
January 14, 2012

On Saturday, January 14, 2012 A Better Body non-profit organization asked Alpha UPKUDO together with Lafayette UPKUDO and Tully's UPKUDO to come together and present a demonstration for the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's Family Health Fair.

More than 30 students were in the demonstration showing all aspects of kata, weapons, self defense and sparring.

For more information on how you can join this school contact Master Anne at 850-514-4334 or email her at .

December 8, 2011 Capital City Group Foundation Helps Gadsden Youth At Risk

Ms. Judy Johnson and Mr. Walter McPherson with Capital City Bank in Havana presented a check for $1000 to A Better Body Non profit organization for Health and Safety from the Capital City Bank Foundation Group to help continue training youth at risk. The funds will go to help purchase equipment to train Gadsden County children in an after school program. Master Anne Radke, Executive Director of A Better Body, has been teaching 90 children after school in the Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts and Fitness Program.

The children learn life skills through karate such as discipline, focus, respect for self and others, proper attitude, teamwork, control, honor, fitness, making right choices, and personal safety. Gadsden County School children come to the Alpha UPKUDO Personal Development Center in Havana once a week. The children ages 7-17, after learning their basics and exhibiting focus and discipline, are allowed to point spar. These funds will help purchase the necessary gear in order for them to do so.

There are over 600 children on the waiting list who would like to be a part of this positive program. If you know of anyone who would like to help sponsor more children to be able to come, please contact Master Anne Radke at 514-4334 or email her at All donations are tax deductible.

Havana Herald
August 29, 2011

"We can teach our children how to read, write and do math but what they need more of is life skills". (Barack Obama) Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts and Fitness is conducting a 12 week session on Life Skills every Wednesday night 6-7pm for children, teens and adults.

Each week a topic will be discussed as to how martial arts incorporates basic life skills can improve quality of life and build a foundation for success. Each week one topic will be discussed with activities to improve: Focus, Respect, Discipline, Attitudes, Choices, Goals, Teamwork, Fitness, Safety, Family, Mental Training, Confidence.

For more information or to register contact Master Anne Radke at 514-4334 or 566-4544 at Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts & Fitness.

Love, Respect, Safety and Fitness For Gadsden's Youth

August 22, 2011

Shanks Middle School students learned some important techniques to help ensure their safety in a summer program. The youth also participated in some interesting fitness moves that challenged their bodies as well as their minds. Lori Livingston, TCC Program Director for Educational Talent Search and Master Anne Radke with A Better Body Health and Safety wanted the youth to learn ways to defend themselves without hurting others. The students were taught how to block, get out of grabs and what choices they could make to avoid injury. The fitness portion of the sessions brought team work, smiles, and a good old fashion sweat as they performed three man drills, a good cardio boost and a game of fun sparring.

Marshall Williams, 21st Century Program Director and Mrs. Robinson for Havana Middle School also made the summer fun for his children with karate classes taught by Master Anne. The children learned not only how to kick, punch and block but how to control themselves, be respectful, be more focused and defend themselves. All the children did so well they earned their belt promotion and were all smiles at the end of the session.

East & West Gadsden High Schools Soaring to New Heights

May 2011

Mr. Reginald James, superintendent for Gadsden County Schools, has a vision to help as many children as possible to continue their journey toward self improvement. The superintendent utilized A Better Body's UPKUDO Karate program to help 45 students learn personal safety techniques, karate skills, life rules for success, control and respect. All of which will help students grow from being taught in a positive and loving environment. His vision is to bring this type of education to all the students to raise their self esteem and develop discipline.

The classes were taught by Master Anne Radke, 6th Degree Black Belt, with her assistants Ganine and Geremy Gerald. Master Anne spoke to the students in the beginning of the session and said " To get respect and love in life, you must first give it to yourself and others." This statement opened the door to learning, mutual acceptance and unity.

At the completion of the first session, students received their karate belts and diplomas with a great sense of pride and joy. They demonstrated a show of karate techniques including outstanding flying kicks, kata, and self defense moves. Grades are also important to the A Better Body's educational programs. Five students from West Gadsden and eight students from East Gadsden were awarded the Honor Patches for their honor roll grades. In addition, West Gadsden's Robert Sadberry and East Gadsden's Michael King were chosen to receive the All Star Award for excellence in both attitude and team work.

Mr. James, Master Anne and the 21st Century Learning Center staff all agree that by working together as a team for the Gadsden Community children it can bring about the best possible results to soar on to new heights for our leaders of tomorrow.

Senseis Make History in UPKUDO

January 2011

1st Degree Black Belt Sensei Brittney Roddenberry and 2nd Degree Black Sensei Barnie Ross each have been training for 11 years at Alpha UPKUDO. Both Senseis represent the opposite ends of the age bracket. At age 12, Sensei Brittney is the youngest Sensei ever awarded her rank in the history of UPKUDO and Sensei Barnie is also the only person in UPKUDO to start at 65 years old and continue training in his senior years.

Sensei Barnie said" Being a Sensei gives me an opportunity to teach which is what I love to do best". Sensei Brittney commented that she has achieved a lot but has only just begun her journey in UPKUDO. Her goals are to achieve the level of Renshi 4th degree Black Belt, like her mother, and one day become a Master Black Belt like her Grand Mother.

Both Senseis prove the philosophies of founder Grand Master Gary Lee Baker of "Love Always Wins and Positive In is Positive Output". Their instructor, Master Anne Radke, is the only woman to achieve Masters in UPKUDO. She says she is proud of both Senseis and it is a real honor to teach such dedicated and loyal students. She credits the success of UPKUDO to Grand Master Baker's philosophies and the blessings of God. For more information on UPKUDO call 514-4334.

Dec 21, 2010 WCTV "UPKUDO's Youngest Sensei"

May 20, 2010 Gadsden County Times "Step Up, Gadsden program kicks off at Carter-Parramore"

Step Up Challenge at Carter Parramore Academy

631 S Stewart St, Quincy, FL
May 15 - 1:00pm-5:00pm

Gadsden Woman to Woman, Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts and Fitness, and the Gadsden County Health Department are partnering in fitness to promote a healthy initiative in which we are calling Step Up, Gadsden, Be Smart, Be Healthy! We are going to kick off the event on Saturday May 15, 2010 at Gadsden's Woman to Woman yearly event. This event will be located at Carter Parramore Academy located on 631 South Stewart Street in Quincy from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. At this event, there will be a health exposition, a volleyball tournament, and a ZUMBA demonstration. Members of the community will find fun and easy ways to step it up and feel good about themselves and also get the opportunity to visit tables of partnering agencies and gather great information.
The whole purpose of this event is to get individuals in Gadsden County of all ages to be more active so they can be healthier. At this we would like to sign-up individuals in the community to get involved in the 20,000 steps each week challenge, which would last up to 8 weeks. During this challenge, each person must be enrolled with either the Gadsden County Health Department, Gadsden Woman to Woman, or Alpha UPKUDO and will receive a pedometer once they enroll. Each week, individuals will report to the organization in which he or she signed up with about the amount of steps that were taken and will receive a colored wristband denoting that they have reached the goal for the week. Each week there will be a different colored wristband given out. At the end of the eight weeks one winner in each age group will be determined by whoever has walked the most steps. Monthly winners will also be acknowledged with special prizes.
The data collector for the steps for each organization will then report the data collected to Ronterrius Clark, who is the Health Educator for the Gadsden County Health Department. He will keep track of the amount of steps that are taken on a weekly basis. Then at the end of each month, the winner of the different age groups (under 12, 12-19, and 20+) will receive a prize for taking the most steps; which will be determined by data analysis. We may also consider a senior group since there are quite a few seniors in the county. For this Initiative, we are targeting churches, schools, community centers and businesses. Radio, television stations, newspapers, and other venues used to assist us in getting the word out. We want the community to know that healthy eating and being physically active can lower their chance of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and even osteoporosis. If you would like more information or want to know how you can be a Partner in Fitness, contact the Gadsden County Health Department at 875-7223 Ext 402 or Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts and Fitness at 514-4334 Gadsden Woman to Woman at 875-5006. You may also contact both Partners by e-mail : or or . Be sure to mention the name of the Campaign Step Up Gadsden County.

Apr 14, 2010 Gadsden County Times "Gadsden summer camp offerings announced for local children

Mar 17, 2010 Gadsden County Times "Havana karate students compete in First Coast Open, bring home plethora of awards

Feb 24, 2010 Gadsden County Times "'Human Tornado' comes to Havana"

UPKUDO Family Banquet and Demo

On Thursday December 18, 2008 UPKUDO held its annual Family Banquet and Demo at the Alpha UPKUDO Dojo. Events included a karate demonstration by the students, and then a subsequent pot luck dinner. Throughout the demonstration friends and family of UPKUDO fellowshipped and enjoyed a photo slideshow of the year's events.

Internet Safety Course for Children

On Tuesday December 9th, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement came to Alpha UPKUDO Karate school to teach the parents and children about Internet Safety. The presenter, Mary McLaughlin, gave the following tips for On line Safety.

1. Keep all your personal information to yourself
2. Always use a neutral screen name
3. Never give out your picture or post it online
4. Don't give out passwords to anyone other than your parents
5. Don't trust everyone you meet on line
6. If you come across anything that makes you uncomfortable, tell your parents
7. Ask your parents before meeting an online buddy in person

1. Create rules for Internet use in the home
2. Know what your kids are doing online
3. Use the Internet with your kids
4. don't allow solitary surfing
5. If you agree to let your child meet an online buddy in person, go with them
6. Don't rely solely on technology as a substitute for you

For more information go to or

This presentation was sponsored by Alpha UPKUDO and A Better as part of the public safety education outreach program. For more information on how you can schedule a safety awareness presentation, contact Master Anne Radke at 514-4334 or 566-4544.

November 18, 2008 Florida Highway Patrol Demonstration

Drive Around Safe and Sound Program in Havana

The Florida Highway Patrol put on a demonstration with a car during the simulated rollover to explain to the children and parents how important seatbelts are in saving lives. Master Anne Radke with Alpha UPKUDO and Lisa Roddenberry with A Better Body sponsored the event at the Havana karate school Tuesday afternoon.
Captain Mike Burroughs, and Trooper Chuck Cook explained what happens when children and adults do not wear their seatbelts and get into an accident. In addition they brought the DUI goggles and showed how impaired drunk drivers are. Attendees from Tallahassee, and the Gadsden County area were not only educated, but walked away with a bag full of goodies compliments of Kim Jones, Traffic Safety Public Education Coordinator with the Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Self Defense Demonstration

Mr. Brandon recently took a team of karate kais to a local school for a self defense demonstration. With the help of Kayla Bishop, Gus Bishop, Kayla Craft, and Kaylin McGuffey, Mr. Brandon's team demonstrated a few of the myriad UPKUDO techniques that make our style extremely prolific.


September 23 and 30 marked the inaugural classes of Cane-Do, which is a program that teaches self defense techniques to people with limited abilities. Cane-Do teaches you how to use physical aides such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes to augment your natural abilities to defend yourself if you're attacked in the street.

Students who attended the premier classes learned how to use physical aides as bases of attack. One of the challenges of self defense for physically impaired people is knowing how to reach out with a limb to stave off an attack, without compromising the stability of your physical aide. Cane-Do classes teach you how to stabilize yourself during an altercation in the street, as well as how to use your physical aide as both a weapon and a means of concealment. This allows you to train and make mistakes in the classroom so you can be prepared on the street.

Congratulations Hall of Fame Inductees and World Champs!!!

July 24, 2004 marked a day in UPKUDO history for mother and daughter team Renshi Anne Radke and Sensei Lisa Roddenberry, who were both inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Woman of the Year and Outstanding Dedication to the Martial Arts.

Later that evening World Champions Sensei Anthony Reeves and Sensei Dillon Hardy not only won their divisions in Black belt Fighting, but defeated all of the division champs for the 2004 Ultimate Sparring World Title at the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame. They declined to fight one another since they both are students of Alpha UPKUDO and instead had their instructor, Renshi Anne Radke, come up to receive the gold cup. A true expression of humility, loyalty, and championshop performance.

Alpha UPKUDO and all affiliated schools of ALPHA UPKUDO are registered members in good standing with the UPKUDO INTERNATIONAL KARATE FEDERATION.

February 2001 Newsletter

The Pal tournament in Jacksonville on February 10th was a true success. Not only because of the 17 trophies we brought home, but also because of the strong support we received from our families and friends. Each student did their personal best! The list below gives the standings of what happened.

Black Belt Ms. Lisa stood 10 feet tall in her 5'4 frame as she competed for the first with the black belt men to place third in Kata and 1st place in Womens Black Belt fighting. She represented well, beating the Division Champ from years past, and had the crowd cheering for her. That a girl "Road Dawg"! Then the focus switched to Head Kelegion Kai Buffy "The Buffamatic" as she did her personal best in Weapons placing 1st. This was her first time competing since recently earning her red belt and competing against black belt-purple belt women. She also placed first in Kata and came in 2nd in fighting. Her kias were piercing and powerful at an all time high. Way to go Buffy! Next the kids performed.

Tyler performed his new kata, Poddicun 1, for the first time, and placed 3rd in a new division of Green Belt 9-10 year olds and 1st place in Fighting. Although Tyler is only 8 now he chose to go up in his division since he will be nine soon. His battle was tough and we all were proud to see him press past the personal injury he shook off and take the 1st place. Philip did very well in his first tournament ever and almost came in 3rd. He fought so well we consider him a champion in the making! Then Mandy (Buzzsaw-Chainsaw's daughter) and Chris mesmerized the judges with a great Kata and Fighting performance Mandy taking 1st in Kata and 3rd in Fighting and Chris taking 1st in Fighting and 2nd in Kata. This was Chris's first top placement ever, and it was hard to tell who was prouder: him or his mom. Mandy showed the heart of a tiger in the ring against guys a foot taller. And as for short kids, Little Dylan came in with his great smile and fantastic energy to show everyone how much fun fighting in tournaments really can be. Although he did not get a trophy he won a lot of hearts that day. Way to go kids! Then it was back to the adults.

"Chainsaw" Kelegion Kai Debbie performed Poddicun 1 for the first time. Her stances were awesome, and she came within a tenth of a point of taking 2nd, bringing home a third place trophy and having fought a hard battle in fighting in her new division as a green belt. Although she and Black Belt Mr. Anthony (who fought in heavy weight men division) both felt under the weather, they represented well by showing us that you can press through your challenging days when you are feeling less than your best and still do the job you came to do. Way to inspire us all you are truly warriors! Our quiet little Kelegion Kai Liz exploded into the ring fantastically performing Heian 5 and taking first place in a new division for her. In fighting she held her composure together so well she looked like she was having fun and executed a plan to give the other ladies in her division a tough run for their trophy. She made them earn every point they got. We give her the biggest compliment for stepping up and doing something that we all know was very tough for her to do. Then came the fun part as we watched our girl Kelegion Kai Cathy, "the Tenderizer", win 3rd in Kata and 2nd in fighting against the men in her new division as greenbelt. The men, at first, did not seem to like the fact that a women was in their ring but after watching her perform and after receiving a backfist and reverse punch from her, they knew she was all about business-not just a pretty face. And then Kelegion Kai Matt, "the grim reaper", who had nothing but Kung Fu in his division, went out and showed them that big things come in small packages as he held his own against what we learned has a much different idea of where the point areas are. He still came in 3rd and gave such a great show of warriorship that even the kung fu people were complimenting him. We all laughed at learning where the kidneys are actually located (inside joke). Just remember to find out what the judges in YOUR RING are calling a point before you fight- not just what we understand the rules to be. Always be a professional in and out of the ring. Never display a fatheaded or mean attitude. We are there to learn and have fun whether we bring home a trophy or not. It was a great learning experience for us all. Much thanks to the family members and friends who filmed and kept score and help ensure the wellbeing and happiness of our competitors. And as always a big thanks to Grand Master for teaching us so well in his seminars about competing.


With 22 kickers and a long list of sponsors we helped raise over $1,700 for St. Judes Childrens Hospital Research in 15 minutes of kicking time performing an amazing 26,205 kicks. This charity means a lot to us since we have 4 families in our dojo that have been to St. Judes or one of their affiliates and 6 families in Leon County who receive assistance from St. Judes. Our Gold Medal Winner AGAIN this year and placing 2nd in his division was Dylan Bozeman raising $520 for St. Judes and kicking a total of 832 kicks. The Overall Grand Champion and 1st Place Winner in her division and Bronze Medal kicker raising $125 was Black Belt Lisa Roddenberry with 2,164 kicks. The Child Grand Champion and 1st Place in his division was Philip Kawell with 1,463 kicks who won a nice scooter among other prizes. The Silver Medal Winner and 1st Place in her division was Kelegion Kai Buffy Carlton with 1,966 kicks and raising $260. The Bronze Medal was earned by Shyam Lakshim who raised $131 and also won 1st Place in his division. The youngest competitors were friends, Brittney Roddenberry and Abby Clayton who are 3 years old and kicked a total of 487 times as they held hands laughed and played. Brittney is the daughter of our Instructor Black Belt Lisa and the sister of our two time 2000 Tournament Division Champion Tyler Clayton. A complete list of all the winners listed by the amount of kicks they did are listed below. ALPHA UPKUDO is a family and christian based martial arts dojo and we support each other in every event we do. That's the secret of our success. Please support these businesses who helped make this event a true success. Their names are listed after the kickers. A big thankyou to Kelegion Kai Liz Sexton and Black Belt Lisa Roddenberry who helped me coordinate the event. It takes an incredible amount of time and energy to make an event successful. So thank you Liz and Lisa again for your help.

Medal Name Place/Division # Kicks $ Raised
Bronze 1. Lisa Roddenberry 1st Place 25-30 Grand Champion 2,164 $125
Silver 2. Buffy Carlton 1st Place 18-24 Women 1,966 260
Bronze 3. Shyam Lakshmin 1st Place 18-24 Men 1,913 131
4. Anthony Reeves 1st Place 31-up Men 1,900 100
5. Debbie Tully 2nd Place Women 25-30 1,841 35
6. Liz Sexton 2nd Place Women 18-24 1,809 38
7. Barbara McGlamory 1st Place 13-17 Teen Women 1,580 10
8. Philip Kawell 1st Place 9-12 Boys Grand Champ 1,463 35
9. Dillon Hardy 1st Place 13-17 Teen Men 1,332 40
10. Tyler Clayton 1st Place 8-10 Boys 1,323 35
11. Autumn Spell 1st Place 9-10 Girls 1,275 20
12. Matt Sexton 2nd Place 18-24 Men 1,221 35.10
13. Cathy Varriale 1st Place 31- up Women 1,205 35
Gold 14. Dylan Bozeman 2nd Place Boys 6-8 832 520+
15. Stephen Tully 3rd Place Boys 6-8 831 5
16. Jessy Clayton 1st Place 5 and Under 827 35
17. John Combs 2nd Place 9-12 661 35
18. Matt Combs 3rd Place 9-12 652 35
19. Jordan Dalton 4th Place 6-8 584 20
20. McKenzie Spell 2nd Place 5 & under 331 20
21. Brittney Roddenberry 3rd Place 5 & under 267 10
22. Abby Clayton 4th Place 5 & under 220 35

Kris Spell June and Randy Bozeman
Alpha Adv. & Displays (Lisa- Matt-Renshi)
Walmart (Danny)
Salty Dawg
Tallahassee Engraving
Chuck E Cheese
Quality Water
No Limits Clothing
Papa Johns
Fun Station
Century Martial Arts
Asian World
Featherlite Displays
Play It Again Sports
Sam Goody
Universal Studios (Buffy)
Nova Laser Light
Christian Bookstore
Tallahassee Sportsplex
Sonia Clark TC & Melody McGuire (Dillon)
AMC Theatres
Tantalizing Tans
Wakulla Basketball
Akom Financial
Team Toyota


A group of family and friends went with Renshi to Atlantic City, New Jersey on January 20,2001 to watch Renshi receive her third Hall of Fame Award . This time the award was given to her by the Action Martial Arts Magazine for "Dedication to Martial Arts" by the board of Grand Masters and Publishers of the Magazine. The event to place at the Tropicana Casino with over 1,400 attending. Renshi was one of the few women of the 300 receipients to receive an award. A female grand master from China and actress Cynthia Rothrock were also two women inducted. The night before the event, Renshi went to the Ultimate Fighting Matches while the others visited the Casino. Grand Master Jurg Ziegler sat with Renshi and explained some of the the moves the fighters were doing by contrast of the Asian fight matches . It is so different than the tournaments we train for but one can appreciate the training it takes to participate in such an event. The day before the event, there was approximately 14 seminars given the by Grand Masters from all over the world and approximately 10 movie stars with tables at the tradeshow. At the wine and cheese party, Renshi had a chance to tell others about our school here in Tallahassee and our Grand Master Baker's system of UPKUDO.

"To all my students...It is a great honor to be inducted and involved with wonderful Instructors, Masters and Grand Masters from many systems. We can all learn from each other. Special thanks to you all who had you not been under my instruction for training, I could not have received this award. It is because you have done so well and want to learn and given me the opportunity to share my knowledge that I got the award in the first place. I share the awards with all with you. But most of all thank you Grand Master Baker for taking the time to teach me the great art of UPKUDO you developed. You are truly the greatest teacher anyone could ever have and the most inspirational man I know."

Thank you Kelegion Kai Matt for holding down the fort for me and Lisa while we were at this event.