Guy a martial arts master at age 6

July 08, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer

He has won a trophy that dwarfs him by more than 2 feet and a bike that he can't pedal because his legs aren't long enough. But that's commonplace for 4-foot-2, 58-pound Devin "Get Busy" Guy, a 6-year-old who is ranked No. 1 in the region for 12-year-olds and younger in Kata and fighting.

Guy, who will enter the second grade at Robert Coleman Elementary in Baltimore this fall, rose to the top spot at the beginning of the year, and has won two grand championships, 106 trophies and two bikes in two years of competition.

"I've won two bikes, but I'm not big enough for my 12-speed," Guy said. "My legs don't touch the pedals."

For his grand championships, Guy defeated 17-year-olds in Kata, which is a martial arts routine judged and scored on form.

Guy attends classes at Wyman Park Center three times a week under the direction of his godfather Steave "Awesome" Williams, a third-degree black belt. His mother, Lisa, enrolled her only child in the program for self-defense and discipline.

During his sessions with Williams, Guy wears a charcoal grayrobe with his nickname "Get Busy" written in orange on the back.

"My name is 'Get Busy' because that's what I do -- I get busy," said Guy, who began karate at the age of 4.

"He used to cry the first three months when he got hit," said Lisa Guy, who took karate at the age of 9. "I started shouting 'get busy' on the side. Then he learned he could hit back; that's when he started winning."

Guy is a yellow belt, which deceptively classifies him as a beginner. Just last week in a martial arts event in Towson, however, Guy displayed his true ability by pummeling a green belt opponent, one level above yellow, in 50 seconds.

But Guy will have to wait until he is 8 before he can tie the green belt around his waist. Although he has the technique of a green belt, Guy would have to be capable of running a class, something that's beyond the maturity level of a 6-year-old.

Guy defends his regional ranking on July 18 in New Jersey, and continues to look for a sponsor to a national meet in Florida in early September.

Williams has been teaching classes for 10 years for both children and adults. Guy's class usually has 10 to 15 children.

"His talent is a God blessing," Williams said. "You're not likely to see this talent in such a small group."

Williams predicts a great future for Guy, even if that future is a long way off.

"I see him as the undisputed light heavyweight kick boxing champion of the world and $20 million richer," Williams said.

Guy, however, will have to wait another four years to begin his kick boxing training.

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