|Black belts with Dr. Stevens|
|Julianna Ayres, Gavin Murray, Jan Miller|
Stevens Taekwondo Academy held a short, snappy summer testing recently at the Stevens Point YMCA where four young people earned or advanced their black belt rank.
Dalton Cevan and Daniel Roach moved up to second degree black belt by demonstrating sparring skills, the challenging keumgang form and kick combinations. Cevan broke his two-inch board with a working step back spinning side kick, while Roach used a back spinning side kick to snap two one-inch boards.
Macey Cevan was awarded first degree black belt upon her cleanly snapping a board with a back spinning side kick and demonstration of koryo, four taegeuk forms and sparring. There was also an oral exam on taekwondo history and knowledge.
Krishov Sreetith earned his deputy black belt by performing five taegeuk forms, demonstrating kick combinations and sparring and then cracking his board with a back spinning side kick.
Three trophies were awarded for excellence in color belt testing. High white belt Jan Miller achieved first place, high blue belt Gavin Murray earned second and high white belt Julianna Ayres took home third place.
Master instructor Dr. Dwight Stevens judged the testing, assisted by senior master Mark Henkel, senior master Dr. Matt Ford, visiting from Cincinnati, and Michael Bikowski, master instructor at North Star Taekwondo, Wausau. Master Kim Buehler directed the testing.
The summer session for the YMCA classes ends September 1.
Classes for August 30 and September 1 will be held in the APR due to gym floor refinishing.
Fall Session 1 will begin at 7:30 on September 13. This new time is to allow for a new program at the YMCA watch for updates on the schedule here.
The beginning of this session will also feature a "Try Taekwondo " period. Bring friends or family interested, to try taekwondo for the first two night of the session (September 13 and 15) free. Once they try it, and like it, they can enroll for the remainder of the session.