Executive spotlight: Connie Flynn of ZenQuest Martial Arts
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Executive spotlight: Connie Flynn of ZenQuest Martial Arts

LENOX — Since November, Connie Flynn, owner of ZenQuest Martial Arts Center in Lenox, earned a seventh-degree black belt in karate and a black belt in Brazilian jiujitsu. That would be enough activity for a lot of people, but Flynn keeps kicking. We caught up with the "kyoshi" — it’s a title granted to seventh-level black belts that means "teacher of teachers" — to talk about the business of spiritual and physical strength through martial arts. Q How did you get involved in the martial arts? A I’m originally from the Albany [New York] area. … I was working at a Guilderland community center as program director. [My future husband, Mark Flynn,] came in and wanted to start a karate program there. I was one of his first students. … We were friends first, and then it went from there. Q Are the martial arts more of a male-dominated sport? A Just being a woman in the martial arts, you have to break down certain barriers. Q Such as? A You get one of two things. One: You get people who can’t let you win because you’re a woman. And you get people who, even though I may have […]

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