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December 28, 2005
In TaeKwon-Do, students testing for black belt promotions must receive a unanimous vote of approval by all belts of higher rank for the student to receive a promotion. At Hood River’s Northwest TaeKwon-Do, student Steve See had to earn the approval of seventh-degree black belt and Master Gary Muma, fourth-degree black belt Jeremy Schultz and third-degree black belts Frank See and George Evans, to be promoted to the rank of third-degree black belt.
After an intense evening of testing last week, See received the unanimous vote required, thus becoming the third student of his rank at Northwest TaeKwon-Do.
“Steve has trained for more than eight years with me for the opportunity to test for this rank,” Master Muma commented. “His intense one-hour exam was performed in front of family, friends and a dozen fellow black-belts, including his father Frank, a third-degree black belt himself, who was able to participate in his son’s testing during a sparring qualification.”
See’s testing involved several elements, including demonstrating four required black belt forms, knowledge of at least 35 two-man self-defense moves, demonstrating extensive general knowledge and applications, free-sparring with one, two and three opponents: all using control and proper strategy. After forms testing, See was then required to qualify in breaking to show technique, focus and power. He crushed six boards with a side kick, six boards with a throat-high jumping side-kick and three boards with a punch.
Currently, Northwest TaeKwon-Do has six certified black belt instructors, four men and two women.