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DeWitt Martial Arts students earn Black Belt ranks

Posted: December 3, 2013 - 4:20pm
Pictured are, back row from left, Peter Lindell, Nicholas VanDerwerker, Renee Taylor, Jayme VanRisseghem and Jacob VanRisseghem; front row from left, instructor Lynne MacKenzie, Chief Master Garrett DeWitt and head instructor Master Karmon Keppers. Submitted Photo
Pictured are, back row from left, Peter Lindell, Nicholas VanDerwerker, Renee Taylor, Jayme VanRisseghem and Jacob VanRisseghem; front row from left, instructor Lynne MacKenzie, Chief Master Garrett DeWitt and head instructor Master Karmon Keppers. Submitted Photo

DeWitt Martial Arts (DMA) recently conducted an intensive, two-day test for rank promotions. Chief Master Garrett DeWitt supervised the testing assisted by a panel of Black Belt-ranked instructors.

Students earning the prestigious DMA First Dahn Black Belt rank were Nicholas VanDerwerker and Jacob VanRisseghem. Second Dahn Black Belts include Peter Lindell and Jayme VanRisseghem. Earning the Fourth Dahn Black Belt and title of Master was Renee Taylor.

The Black Belt Dahn represents the highest levels of training and personal discipline in the Korean martial arts. Students were tested on their performance of Korean Chung Do Kwan, Hap Ki Do and curricula in both the World Taekwondo Federation and International Taekwondo Federation forms.

They also must demonstrate excellence in three Korean weapons forms: the Bong (staff), Juhl-bong (nunchuks) and Geum (sword).

Cognitive knowledge of Korean martial arts was tested through a black belt research paper and oral panel exam covering Korean terminology, historical knowledge of tae kwon do and personal goal-setting. A physical training test preceding the examination assures top physical conditioning through running, calisthenics and flexibility.

In addition, students are expected to maintain good grade point averages and behavior in their schooling and at home.

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