Tae kwon do students test for black belt

By Joyce Ervin Milan Tae Kwon Do black belt candidates, Luis DeLaFuente, and Wyatt Thiry with instructor and co-owner Ashley Dykes.  Front: Cameron Satterley and Emma Overbeek.

By Joyce Ervin
Milan Tae Kwon Do black belt candidates, Luis DeLaFuente, and Wyatt Thiry with instructor and co-owner Ashley Dykes. Front: Cameron Satterley and Emma Overbeek.

By Joyce Ervin

Milan Tae Kwon Do candidates, Luis DeLaFuente, Wyatt Thiry,  Cameron Satterley and Emma Overbeek  were chosen to take the 2014 Black Belt test this fall.  Master R. Christian Dykes of Milan Tae Kwon Do, said there are only two black belt tests per year and requirements to test are rigorous.  Pre-testing held by the review board will be held on Sept. 13 and the public test will take place Oct. 11 at the Milan sister studio, Midwest Tae Kwon Do, located in Plymouth.

Students must participate in at least two demonstrations, tournaments, community service events and help out at two color belt tests.  Adult students must also complete 25 hours of assistant instructing hours.

Dykes said all candidates must be able to perform, as a bare minimum, a one-mile run in less than 15 minutes, perform in less than two minutes 100 jumping jacks, 50 mountain climbers and 25 V-ups. Besides these physical requirements, candidates must demonstrate a proficiency in Tae Kwon Do knowledge, basic and advanced fundamentals, sparring fundamentals, one-step sparring, at least 10 forms or patterns, breaking holds, take-downs, weapon’s defense and full contact sparring.

“These tests require a great amount of skill, stamina, intestinal fortitude and focus,” Dykes said.  He further emphasized they do not hand out black belts at Milan TKD.  “Our students must earn the right to wear a black belt.  Our requirements are consistent for all ages with the exception of the instructing hours.”

Each student, Dykes said, that earns a black belt will receive an official certificate from the World Tae Kwon Do Federation Headquarters located at the Kukkiwon in Seoul, South Korea. This certification will grant the student international recognition as a black belt.

The candidates testing have been training at Milan TKD for the past three to five years.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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