A local martial artist recently earned her second degree black belt at the YMCA, and color belt students were promoted.
Alicia Rucker, 14, demonstrated the challenging keumgang form, advanced sparring and kick combinations and then used a spinning side kick to smash two boards as she earned the new rank of second degree black belt.
From the color belts testing, Marcus Studinski, red belt, earned the trophy for excellence on the same evening.
Senior masters Mark and Hilde Henkel and Karen Johnson judged the testing.
As of Tuesday, August 28, the taekwondo classes will move to the All Purpose Room on the south end of the YMCA. This location is quieter, does not compete with the basketball folks for space and has bathrooms right across the hallway. The YMCA is arranging for the hanging bag mounting to be moved as soon as possible.
The summer session II ends on September 6, with the usual one week break. When fall session I begins on September 18, class will return to the traditional time slot. This means class will begin at 7 pm and end at 8 pm, which is surely a benefit for the younger students during the class year.
The testing included performance of Cheonkwon and Jitae forms, board breaking and each candidate wrote papers on teaching techniques. James and John Henkel also sparred vigorously.