Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 2017 Testing and News

Twenty- five martial artists earned higher rank in the April  promotion testing at the Stevens Point YMCA, with four taekwondo students achieving black belt levels.

Luke McChrystal earned his third degree black belt with a sharp performance of the taebek form and demonstrating advanced kicks and sparring skills.  McChrystal snapped a board easily on the first try with a speed break using a back spinning hook kick.

Jessica Tomaszewski and mother-son duo Carrie and Gavin Murray achieved deputy black belt level with their demonstration of kicks, five taebek forms and advanced sparring.  Tomaszewski persisted in her efforts even after an injury delay and broke a board with a back spinning side kick.  Carrie Murray used an inside crescent, back spinning side kick to shatter her board on the first attempt.  Gavin Murray chose a challenging jumping back spinning hook kick for his board break, held by his father, third degree black belt Dan Murray Jr..

Michael Buchkowski, owner and master instructor at North Star Taekwondo Academy in Wausau, wowed the audience with his demonstration of a palm heel break of six concrete patio blocks.

Three taekwondo students took home trophies for excellence in testing.  Father-son duo Bill and Nathan Gerbode, both new yellow belts, won the first and second place trophies respectively.  High yellow belt Owen Yach earned third place.

Master instructor Dwight Stevens, assisted by senior masters Mark Henkel and Ron Locascio, judged the students from the YMCA Stevens Taekwondo Academy and Stevens Taekwondo Academy A New Way of Life.  Visiting masters Jerry Hajewski and Shawn Strunsee of the Milwaukee area also assisted.

Black Belt News

Third dan black belt John Paul Bunn was honored as the Volunteer of the Year by the Stevens Point YMCA recently.  Bunn clocked more than 160 hours of volunteer work in 2016.

Senior masters Mark and Hilde Henkel distributed information about the Stevens Taekwondo Academy taekwondo program at the YMCA Community Family Fair recently and are available for similar activities to publicize the program.  Many of the visitors at the table did not know that the YMCA had taekwondo classes, but a few of the parents mentioned attending when they were students---and were invited to return. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 2017

Cabrini Brandl, Dan Murray, Dr. Stevens

Skill, focus and effort led to success at Stevens Point YMCA recently when taekwondo students tested for new belt ranks.

Two martial artists achieved new black belt rankings.  Dan Murray Jr. earned his third degree black belt with  his demonstration of advanced kicks, sparring and the taebek form.  He broke a board with a back spinning hook speed break. 

Killean McGuire, Landon Bicknase, Caden Yetka, Dr. Stevens
Cabrini Brandl joined the black belt ranks as a deputy black belt with her performance of  five taegeuk forms, advanced sparring and kicks.  She used a working step back spinning side kick for her board break.

Three of the color belt candidates were awarded trophies for excellence in testing.  Green belt Caden Yetka won first place, yellow belt Landon Bicknase earned second place and yellow belt Killean McGuire took home the third place trophy.

Dwight Stevens, grandmaster of Stevens Taekwondo Academy, judged the testing, assisted by senior masters Mark Henkel, Bill Dragolovich and Ron Locascio.

Schedule Reminder for YMCA classes:  

Winter Session II began February 21.  There is a spring break scheduled so NO classes on March 21 and 23.  The session ends April 6 with belt promotion testing on April 9 beginning at 12:30 pm.

No classes April 11 and 13

Spring Session begins April 18 and ends May 25.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 2016

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

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

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


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October Tournament and Testing

Isaac Witte

Witte Wins Grand championship

Local martial artists were stand-outs at a local tourney, winning in more than a dozen trophies, with a youngster winning top honors.

Ten-year-old second degree black belt Isaac Witte topped all competitors, winning the forms grand championship at the Mid-Wisconsin Taekwondo Championships in Wisconsin Rapids recently.  Witte placed first in forms and sparring for the mini peewee division and earned  second place in board breaking using a back spinning side kick, a switching axe and a 180-switching front kick.  He then out-performed the other forms winners to take home that grand champion trophy-- which is taller than he is.

Red belt Jessica Tomaszewski earned second place in women’s forms and used a switching axe and a roundhouse back spinning side to take third place in the board breaking.  Red belt Gavin Murray won the first place trophy for breaking three boards, using a switching axe kick, and inside crescent to back spinning side kick and a jump back spinning side kick.  Gavin also took third place in mini-peewee sparring and fourth in forms.

Blue belt Joseph Tomaszewskiwon first place in both min-peewee sparring and board breaking, using a switching axe and a working step back spinning side kick on his two boards  He also earned third place in the forms competition.  Green belt ian Shelton took first place in the peewee division, second in  sparring and fourth in boards breaking, performing a switching axe kick, and a back spinning side kick.

Murray, Tomaszewski, Witte
The martial artists all train at Stevens Taekwondo:  A New Way of Life, owned and operated by senior master Karen Johnson.
The annual tournament, sponsored by Master John Chrystal and the Park Institute, drew over 200 competitors, and was held at Mid-State Technical College. 

Color Belts Shine at October Belt Promotion

Three martial artists earned trophies for excellence at the recent Stevens Taekwondo Academy belt promotion.  High yellow belt Brandon Richardson won the first place trophy, new yellow belt Elizabeth Buehler earned second place and yellow belt Victoria Betro was awarded third place.
The testing, held at the YMCA, was judged by grand master Dwight Stevens , assisted by senior master Mark Henkel.


Victoris Betro, Elizabeth Buehler, Brandon Richardson, Dr. Stevens