Mrs. Trudy Carroll
4th Degree Black Belt
Ms. Carroll has over 17 years of experience with Bendell Karate. She works as a veterinary assistant helping many animals that she loves so deeply. In 2000, at 55 years of age, she was the Colorado State Champion in 39+ Women's Division in sparring. World Black Belt honored her as Female Martial Artist of the Month in June 2000 . She stated, "I was 50 yrs old when I took up Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do with Bendell Karate. I received my black belt in 4 yrs; not bad for an 'Old Woman'. People laugh when I say that, but I'm proud of my accomplishments. I believe the Martial Arts is what is keeping me going, both mentally and physically. Even though I had shoulder surgery in 2001, and after that, back surgery, I can still function very well. I attribute this to the martial arts, which keeps me fit. I also feel that every child should have some form of the martial arts for self-protection, and especially for the self-confidence and discipline that they build."