Please join us in congratulating Kaitlyn Retzer, Tanner Lafavor and Kenyon Meissel for achieving the rank of 1st Poom.
All three students have been training for over three years. Ms Kaitlyn has been training at Alliance since the fall of 2014, Mr Tanner first started in 2013 and Mr Kenyon began in early 2016; after years of training, they have all undertaken the exam for their jr blackbelt. This year will see all three students at different grades in middle school.
Ms Kaitlyn completed her exam for first degree jr blackbelt on May 18, 2019. Mr Tanner completed his incomplete breaking technique shortly thereafter, and Mr Kenyon finished his last outstanding technique after a couple months of perseverance.
Blackbelt testing is demanding, requiring the candidates to be accomplished in empty-hand techniques 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 about 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.