During the month of October, Sarone Kennedy (Secretary of the Abaco Christian Council) received two special honours; one for his long service to the church and the other for his achievements in the martial art of Kung Fu.
Mr. Kennedy was chosen as one of only twelve people to receive a special honour from Supreme Grand Master George Ing (Ching Mo Wu/Four Winds Kung Fu).
During the banquet following the Battle for the Bahamas’ Seventh Annual Event held in Grand Bahama Mr. Kennedy and eleven others received a White Jacket along with Calligraphy, handwritten by Grand Master Ing. The Four Winds traditional uniform is all black with white or gold buttons and trim.
He said that this honour means he, and the other eleven, are entitled to special recognition wherever they go in the martial arts community, anywhere in the world, as a representative of Grand Master Ing.
Mr. Kennedy was also promoted to Fourth Degree in Kung Fu and his instructor, Grand Master Ken Lewis, was announced to be the successor to Grand Master Ing. Mr. Kennedy said “It was a special moment; it is a great honour.”
Supreme Grand Master Ing was the instructor of Grand Master Ken Lewis, who is the head of the Bai Sung Institutes and the Four Winds organization. Ing has been credited with teaching some of the most notable martial artists in the 70s and 80s in the art of Kung Fu.
Mr. Kennedy also received special recognition as the Church of God in Christ Bahamas jurisdiction honored him, along with fourteen others, early in October for their long service to the church. The service was held in Nassau.
Mr. Kennedy, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, worked in the Missions Department of the church and was sent to work in The Bahamas where he met his wife. He has served as the President of Department of Education for the churches in The Bahamas, as a special advocate to the Bishop in The Bahamas, and as secretary on the Abaco Christian Council.
Mr. Kennedy also volunteers his time to Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue and is the head of the Central Abaco Red Cross group.