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Martial arts students display prowess and poise

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Courtesy photoThe Tahoe City Martial Arts Academy had a proud showing at a recent competition.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Members of Tahoe City Martial Arts Academy recently attended the WTSDA Region One Championship and Black Belt Testing. This year the event was held at John Asquagaand#8217;s Nugget in Sparks, Nev. Participants came from California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Patrick Cerceau, a third degree black belt and chief instructor at Tahoe City Martial Arts Academy reflected on the outstanding results obtained by area students: and#8220;I am extremely proud of the spirit in which our students performed. Not only did they end up with a lot of podium finishes but they presented themselves with pride and honor in a professional manner.and#8221;

Tahoe Cityand#8217;s Taylor Lewis was awarded certification for her first degree black belt along with students from schools throughout the region. Certification is awarded following a one year probationary period after having participated in a grueling physical test and challenging written test. The testing board consisted of master instructors ranging from fourth to sixth degree black belts, including Dr. Tim Schroeder who has taught Tang Soo Do locally for years. and#8220;It was a pleasure to award the black belt certification for Ms. Lewis. She is an asset to the community as a top notch martial artist and we look forward to her continuing as an instructor in our program in Tahoe City. She fought hard for this achievement and has been with our studio for over 10 years.and#8221;

Tang Soo Do is a traditional martial art with a 2,000-year history. This art has its roots in Korea. It utilizes hard style stances and techniques complemented by exceptional kicks and soft style, circular joint locks as well as throwing techniques. The three purposes of Tang Soo Do are health, self-enhancement and self-defense. Tahoe City Martial Arts Academy has classes at the Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City. Classes are held in a family atmosphere for children and adults. For more information about Tang Soo Do call 530-581-0662.

Region One World Tang Soo Association Championship results

Mr. Marty Cohen: Bronze Forms

Emma Kerrigan: Bronze Weapons, Silver Forms, Bronze Sparring

Ethan Kerrigan: Gold Weapons, Gold Sparring

Everett Grass

Connor Hipsley: Bronze Sparring

Thomas Hipsley

Xander Kriston: Bronze Weapons, Gold Forms

Glen Steinkopff

Antonio Frankenberg: Silver Sparring

Tyler Frankenberg: Gold Sparring

Jason Briedis

Kieran Fenton: Gold Weapons, Bronze Forms, Gold Sparring

Aidan Fenton: Silver Weapons, Bronze

Mike Fenton

Ian Kauffman

Jessica Ferry: Silver Forms, Gold Sparring

Fernando Perez

Marissa Perez

Taylor Lewis

Allan Quintas-Arias: Bronze Forms, Gold Sparring


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