Please join us in congratulating Andrew Burger and Tristian Glass for achieving the rank of 1st Poom.
Mr Tristian has been training at Alliance since 2013, and Mr Andrew has been training since 2014; after over three years of training each, they have undertaken the exam for their jr blackbelt. Mr Andrew is looking forward to being a freshman next year, while Mr Tristian is looking forward to middle school.
Mr Andrew completed his exam for first degree jr blackbelt on June 17th, 2018; Mr Tristian completed his unfinished requirements on the evening of August 13th, 2018. 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. 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.