Five Stevens Taekwondo Academy students tested successfully for higher belts in October.
The father-son duo of Brett and Blake Speetzen broke their first boards and advanced to high white belt. Kolton Biadasz earned a yellow belt and Jerome Meredith advanced to high yellow belt.
Brennan Kellerman earned his green belt and won the trophy for excellence in testing with his decisive board break.
Masters Mark and Hilde Henkel and Karen Johnson judged the testing.
Two local martial artists excelled at the 38th Annual Mid-Wisconsin Taekwondo Championships, held in Wisconsin Rapids recently.
Red belt Joseph Tomszewski dominated the peewee division winning the first place trophy for forms, second place in sparring and second in board breaking, using a butterfly kick and a back spinning side kick to break two boards.
Blue belt Ian Shelton grabbed first place in sparring in the juniors division, with second place in board breaking. He broke his boards with a switching high front kick and a back spinning hook kick. Shelton also placed fourth in the forms competition.
The Park Institute sponsored the tournament, held at Mid-State Technical College, with Master John Chrystal as executive director. The event drew 100 competitors and many spectators.
The second fall session of the YMCA classes begins on November 6, 7 pm, in All Purpose Room. Students are encouraged to bring friends and relatives to try out taekwondo during the first week.
The next testing is Saturday, December 8, at 1 pm, in the all purpose room. This testing includes black belts. All students expecting to test should be enrolled and participating in class during this session. Black belt candidates, please speak with Master Henkel in advance, as the application procedures have changed..