Please join us in congratulating one of our long-time black belts here at Alliance Taekwondo, Mr Jamison Wood, on achieving the rank of 3rd Dan.
Mr Jamison Wood came to Alliance when he moved to Bismarck at the age of 9; at the time he was a 7th gup (yellow belt). Wood is currently attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he trains as a guest blackbelt at a branch of The Evergreen Taekwondo Association, a sister association to the Greenquist Association.
After several months of preparation, Wood undertook the exam for the third degree black belt on September 8th, 2012 at 5:00 PM and concluded with two requirements unfinished; he successfully completed the test on September 29th. Third degree testing is very demanding, requiring the candidate to be accomplished in advanced empty-hand technique, Hapkido technique, and multiple weapons. It also requires the candidate to be able to perform under a high degree of pressure. Mr Jamison Wood broke nearly fifteen boards with hands, feet and weapons, and put out candles in combination.
Testing for 3rd Dan is a privilege and an honor, and many people who begin a journey in the martial arts never get so far. It requires years of practice and dedication, and comes only after a student has accepted and done well with added responsibility, and has the recommendation of their instructors and Masters.