North Okaloosa Martial arts students earn promotions and belts

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Gordon Martial Arts students tested for new ranks May 25-31. Shown at the event are, front row, Gage Jernigan, Hunter Loucks, Alex Bermudez, Ava Wilson, Allie Carrillo, Ethan Bofinger; second row, Tommy Walker, Emma Bofinger, TJ Justiss, Ayden Valadez, Alyssa Ashley, Joshua Alton and Bradon Mobley; third row, Jacob Moore, Aidan Armstrong, Caitlyn Laroche, Theodore Smith, Simon Smith, Ashton Mobley, Cody Lusby, Evan Craig and Trevor O'Neil; fourth row, Johnson Liu, Frank Liu, Blake Kunkle, Kathrine Gay, Caleb Laroche, Heidi Anderson, Matthew Wilkinson, Philip Beck, Ian Rodriguez, Bradley Johnston, Kurtis Lynch, Reana Neuschwanger; and back row, Eddie Dettmer, Stefaney Grim, Master Thomas Gordon, Dr. Alberto Barbon, James Spies, Pierce Thompson, Richard Rounsaville, Angela Mobley, Elden Neuschwanger and Master Gregory Bledsoe. Anderson, Thompson and Wilkinson attained black belts during testing.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 05:44 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Warriors Hall set the stage May 31 for Gordon Martial Arts’ spring promotional ceremony, during which roughly 70 students — some 4 years old; others in their 50s — demonstrated their taekwondo or Hapkido skills.

The group enjoyed pizza and mingled after the ceremony, which punctuated previous days’ testing events.

May 25 kicked things off, as Heidi Anderson, Pierce Thompson and Matthew Wilkinson tested successfully for their black belts.

Students ages 4 and up and adult Hapkido students tested in various events May 27 and 28.

Taekwondo students in groups of six to eight paired off to demonstrate self-defense movements against common strikes and grabs. They answered questions about taekwondo history and curriculum specifics, and explained the tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.

Intermediate-level taekwondo students did the same; in addition, they wore padded safety gear and sparred with other students, demonstrating a higher level of proficiency as they’ve progressed through the belt system.

In addition to sparring, advanced-level students broke boards to demonstrate their power.

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