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PHOTO: Joey Escobar Karate Awards Five Black Belts

The five black belt candidates had been training six to seven years in all aspects of Korean Tang Soo Do Karate. The test included 10 forms, a demonstration of basic through advanced hands and kicks, boxing, one steps, extensive sparring and board break

After a grueling test that lasted almost five hours, five new black belts were awarded at Joey Escobar Karate on Sunday, Feb. 24.

The five black belt candidates had been training six to seven years in all aspects of Korean Tang Soo Do Karate. The test included 10 forms, a demonstration of basic through advanced hands and kicks, boxing, one steps, extensive sparring and board breaking.

The nine judges on the panel got in on the action and sparred with all of the candidates. After the candidates read heartfelt essays about their karate experiences, the test concluded with the presentation of 5 new black belts

"I've been teaching for 35 years and this was one of my favorite tests of all time. I was amazed. Those boys are awesome," Instructor Joey Escobar said.

Mikke Pierson February 27, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Joey is an icon in the community! He has helped shaped bodies and minds for years. Way to go new black belts!
Mindy Peterson February 27, 2013 at 04:18 PM
The new Black Belts, pictured from left to right, are Harry Culhane, Spencer Rondell, Max Gordon, Instructor Joey Escobar, Louie Thrall and Lars Peterson.

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