|Dr. Stevens,Krishiv Sreejith, Brayden Charneski, Alicia Rucker|
|Austin Lowe, David and Lillian Caldwell|
Local taekwondo students from three schools demonstrated improved skills at the YMCA recently, and earned new ranks including three black belts. Grandmaster Dwight Stevens, assisted by senior masters Mark Henkel and Ron Locascio, judged the martial artists from Stevens Taekwondo: A New Way of Life, the UW-Stevens Point taekwondo program and the YMCA Stevens Taekwondo Academy.
Eleven-year-old Krishiv Sreejith earned his first degree black belt, with his demonstration of advanced kicks, four taeguk and the koryo forms and sparring skills. Sreejith smashed a board with a working step back spinning side kick and then answered extensive questioning on the forms, history and tenets of taekwondo.
Brayden Charneski and Alicia Rucher joined black belt ranks as deputy black belts following their performance of advanced techniques, sparring skills and five taebek forms. Charneski and Rucker each easily broke their boards with a working step, back spinning side kicks.
Three of the 35 color belt candidates won trophies for excellence. New yellow belt Austin Lowe won first place and father-daughter duo David and Lillian Caldwell earned second and third place as they achieved high white belt rank.
****Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2017*****
Class Schedule for YMCA
No classes for the rest of 2016
WINTER SESSION I
JANUARY 3 New session begins
FEBRUARY 9 Last class of the session
FEBRUARY 12 BELT PROMOTION TESTING – 12:00 registration
12:30 – 4:30 p.m. testing
NO CLASSES – February 14 and 16
WINTER SESSION II
FEBRUARY 21 New session begins
NO CLASSES – March 21 and 23- SPRING BREAK
APRIL 6 Last class of the session
APRIL 9 BELT PROMOTION TESTING – 12:00 registration
12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Testing
NO CLASSES – April 11 and 13
APRIL 18 New session begins
MAY 25 Last class of the session
NO CLASSES – May 30 and June 1