Now 16 years old, Duncan Bayless-Marr of Master Marr’s Taekwon-do in Shaker Heights, OH, re-tested for his 2nd Dan last month. According to Union rules, students younger than 16 who achieve Black Belt rank are technically Junior Black Belts. The title indicates that, while they have the ability and knowledge required of a Black Belt, they are still developing as leaders. At Master Marr’s Taekwon-do, Junior Black Belts wear a half-red/half-black belt, but otherwise are treated the same as adult Black Belts. At the age of 16, students must repeat their entire test, with a two-mile run instead of one, and all their color belt and 1st Dan patterns.
The early registration deadline for competing at the Taekwon-do International 2017 Spring Invitational Championship on Saturday, April 29, 2017 is almost here!
Complete your online registration by the end of the day on Saturday, April 22 to save! You know you want to compete so why pay more? Register online from the comfort of your home. Or office. Or the lunch line. We're flexible.
We are pleased to announce The Taekwon-do International 2017 Spring Invitational Championship to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, NJ. More information is available on the Registration Page at:
Information packets were mailed the week of January 24th. If you would like to receive one please call 973-744-1666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, January 20 Aliso Hills Taekwon-do (Aliso Viejo, CA) hosted the annual TKDI regional seminar for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Black Belts. Master John Meany, 7th Dan, from Glen Ridge Taekwon-do in Montclair, NJ taught this very exciting and informative seminar. Basic motion, fundamental movement and applied movements were broken down and interspersed with patterns and drills, and made this seminar not only full of information but fast-paced and fun. More than a couple attendees said it was one of the best seminars they've attended.
On Saturday, January 21 the school hosted their first black belt testing of 2017. Six students were promoted to the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt: Hannah Cornell, Saya Seraj, Janelle Chenault, Matthew Law, Mason Fromm and Alexander Carney. One student, Zoe Johansson received her 2nd Degree Black Belt. Three students tested for 3rd Degree Black belt, they are: Baxter Bartlett, Ethan Strunk and Mitchell Law.
Master Meany, Master Jessica Sabetian, Hapkido Master Ed Bussey and Master Paul D'Ambrosio all sat on the testing board.
Glen Ridge Taekwon-do, Montclair, NJ, is observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month with instructors wearing pink belts and encouraging members to also become involved in local events to support women's health.
Master Laura Giletti says, "like many martial arts schools, Glen Ridge Taekwon-do has a large population of women and girl students and it is important to us tohelp everyone to maintain good health. Staying physically and mentally fit is very important as is having regular health checks." This event is the brain child of Master Chris Malarkey, pictured below.
Taekwon-do International is pleased to announce Master Meany of Glen Ridge Taekwon-do (Montclair, NJ) and Master James Marr of Master Marr's Taekwon-do (Shaker Heights, OH) earned their Seventh Dan degrees.
Master Meany is Taekwon-do International's Chief Instructor and Master Marr is Secretary General for TKDI. Both Master Instructors performed demonstrations and received their new ranks.