Like Daughter, Like Mother: The Holders Do Karate 

If you want to know why state Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder of Memphis is tough and crafty enough to have got where she is today, despite what would seem to be a diminutive stature and a mild manner, just take a look at whence she sprung.

Her lookalike mother, Sylvia Abraham Holder, a sweetie-pie herself, is not only, at age 87, still working regularly - as an usher at the FedEx Forum - but has decided to catch up with her daughter at the art of karate, a self-defense art at which the esteemed jurist has for years held a multiply degreed black belt.

Once or twice a week the two Holder ladies are working out at the Cordova Athletic Club under the tutelage of well-known karate instructor Patrick Wrenn.

Now it's up to Justice Holder to catch up to Mama, a former jazz singer who's also a freshly minted author, with a newly published book of poems and recollections - called, appropriately enough, Poetry & Memoirs.

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