New NavanTKD Blackbelts

New NavanTKD Blackbelts
Dave Elson - 22/06/2010 16:42:00
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Navan Taekwon-Do School had a double celebration on Sunday new blacbelts june201020th June, when students Sally Deans and Keith Matthews passed their black belt exams for 1st Degree and 2nd degree respectively.

The two Navan students lined up with 20 other candidates from around the country at the headquarters of the Irish National Taekwon-Do Association (INTA) in Exchequer Street, Dublin.

When Navan Taekwon-Do School had its very first class on 26th January 2006, Sally Deans was there along with her brother Matthew, who is now a black tag. Four and a half years later, that absolute beginner has been transformed into a Taekwon-Do black belt and was assessed by the INTA examiners panel. consisting of three masters - Master Brendan O'Toole, 8th degree, Master Val Douglas, 7th degree and Master Gerry Martin 7th degree.

Sally also celebrated her 17th birthday on the same day - what a birthday present!

Keith Matthews successfully passed his 2nd degree black belt exam. Keith joined Navan TKD as a green belt and was became a black belt 18months ago, again graded by the INTA examiners panel.

The black belt tests are extremely stressful events in that every part of the martial art is assessed, such as fundamental movements, kicking techniques, sparring, and self defence. The grading concludes with a theory test where the student can be asked a number of questions to judge their understanding of the art and a power test in which they are required to break up to 40mm of timber boards with various hand and foot techniques.

It is looking like a great year for the Wilkinstown based club, They are on target for more black belts when three junior students will be testing for 1st degree at the winter grading, which will take place in Cork in December.and club instructor, Dave Elson, will be testing for 4th degree black belt at the same time.

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