Caroline Vance, winning the fight against autism and uterine cancer with martial arts – TylerPaper.com
Caroline Vance refuses to tap out. When the 26-year-old steps on the mats at Ethos Jiu-Jitsu and Martial Arts in Tyler, not only does she train to punch, kick and take-down an opponent, she grapples with two other competitors that she refuses surrender when they try to take her down.
Ryan Rogers is the first person from Chattanooga to qualify for the World Karate Championships, and he’ll be the first American with autism to compete. Rogers qualified in July for the World Karate Championships by winning silver in the disabled Kata division and he’ll be one of the first athletes to compete on the para karate team.