, Muskogee, OK


August 19, 2007

Totally tough third-grader

Dakotah Kirk isn’t scared of anything. At 8 years old and 60 pounds, he is a force to be reckoned with.

And he has the belt to prove it.

“I wanna knock them out,” Kirk said. “But I will settle for an arm bar submission or something.”

This is coming from the kid that just won the tri-state championship in kickboxing in Springdale, Ark.

“I like getting in the ring, and hearing my family cheer for me. It gets me pumped up.”

Kirk, a third-grader at Creek Elementary School, is also a kickboxing and mixed martial arts student at Dragon Fly Dojo and studies under Master Louie Cruz.

Before that, Kirk played soccer for three seasons, until his grandpa, Walter Kirk, decided to take him to Dragonfly to try it out.

“Oh, he just loved it,” said Marcia Kirk, his grandmother. “Now this is what he wants to do as a profession.”

Marcia said that the instruction Dakotah receives, helps them keep him on his toes with behavior, school work, and other aspects of discipline.

“If he gets in trouble at school or at home, they will not let him box,” Marcia said. “They try to teach them not to brag, they are real disciplined. He is more respectful and he walks a straight line.”

Kirk said that he wants to be like Chuck Liddell or his favorite World Wrestling Entertainment superstar, John Cena, the marine.

“I train all the time, in or out of class,” he said. “I do strength training and a whole lot of sit-ups.”

Marcia said she remembers one instance when Dakotah was sparring with a fellow student and ended up knocking the kids tooth out.

“He was so mad when he found out the boy was going to get money from the tooth fairy,” Marcia said. “He felt like the money should have gone to him. It was funny.”

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