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Galax martial artist to appear on NBC show

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By April Wright, Reporter

You may have noticed several cars driving through the area, painted with red, white and blue decorations promoting Galax's very own Alexandra Pyles’ upcoming audition for the national reality television series “America's Got Talent.”

Eleven-year-old Alexandra of Galax will perform her choreographed karate stunts on the show, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

On the talent show, auditioning individuals in a wide range of skills and performances are judged and compete for the $1 million grand prize.

Although Alexandra wasn't on this season's premiere show, which aired last Tuesday, she will appear in one of the up-coming episodes.

Alexandra, an advanced karate competitor, has already won 14 world titles in her 11 years, set three world records and was placed in the Black Belt Hall of Fame three months after receiving her black belt.

She is a martial arts student at Elite Combat Martial Arts and Fitness in Galax. Alexandra travels all over the world to participate in martial arts competitions.

"She has been doing this since she could walk," said her father, Dean Pyles, who also holds several world titles, is in the Black Belt Hall of Fame and owns the Galax martial arts studio. "This is just something she really likes."

Pyles' students have been supportive of Alexandra's accomplishments and have sprayed graffiti all over their cars to display their excitement about her going on the show.

Pyles’ wife and four children are all students at Elite Combat, where they are all trained and choreographed by Pyles.

Although some of “America's Got Talent” has been pre-recorded, the show will go live on Aug. 26.