Marquette TaeKwon-Do test ten for black belts in month of January

Seven students tested for First Dan and three for Third Dan on Jan. 25 in Marquette. The students ranged in age from 15 to 47 with 6 years to 20-plus years of training. All were required to have 20 hours of community service, with national certifications in a self-defense course, in a class C or B referee course and a instructors course prior to testing.

The test consisted of forms, self-defense, sparring, breaking, kicking, blocking, punches and a written test. Presiding over the test were Regional Director Dr. Steve Osborn, Michigan Director Chuck Giotto, Senior Instructor Brian Sowers and Cornering the event was Senior Instructor Jack Eibeler. All black belt certifications are nationally and internationally recognized in TaeKwon-Do.

Pictured are, first row left to right: First Dan candidate Jessica Wisuri, Eva Wisuri, Amanda Wisuri, Cecilia Attwell-Gorkowski, Third Dan candidate Micheala Ryan, Chuck Giotto, Dr. Steve Osborn. Back row: Jack Eibler, First Dan candidate Sara Wisuri and Levi Wisuri, Third Dan candidate Jim Portale, First Dan candidate Nick Rintamaki, Third Dan candidate Max Spiessl and Brian Sowers

The non-profit school was established in 1971 and is one of the oldest martial art schools in the country, with seven senior instructors, who are 4th dan or higher and have a combined experience of over 200 years, with locations in Marquette and Ishpeming Township. For information call Chuck at 485-1366 or www.tkd-marquette.com/.