Please join us in congratulating Eddie Lin and Cameron Lemere for achieving the rank of 1st Poom.
Both Mr Eddie and Mr Cameron have been training at Alliance since 2012; after over three years of training each, they have undertaken the exam for their jr blackbelt. Mr Eddie is looking forward to middle school next year, while Mr Cameron is looking forward to his last year of elementary.
Mr Eddie completed his exam for first degree jr blackbelt on May 22nd, 2016; Mr Cameron completed his only incomplete breaking technique shortly thereafter, completing his exam on the evening of June 2nd, 2016. Blackbelt testing is demanding, requiring the candidates to be accomplished in empty-hand technique and requiring the candidates to be able to perform under pressure. The exam took about two hours, wherein the candidates displayed nine patterns and one hundred empty hand techniques, displayed additional self defense techniques and action sequences, and performed nearly twenty breaking and candle techniques.
Testing for blackbelt ranks is a privilege and an honor; only 2% of people who start training in martial arts make it to blackbelt. 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.