Black Belt Test Results
On Saturday, April 9, four individuals tested for new black belt ranks (one for junior rank black belt, two for adult rank black belt, and one for second degree black belt). The judging panel was led by Grandmaster Crandall, Master Chuff, Master Freleigh, Master Morris, Master Moller, Chief Instructor Stalloch, Senior Instructor Cumings, and many other 5th and 6th degree black belt instructors. The testing lasted nearly five hours.
The testing began with an intensive written examination including information about the style, the school, philosophical concepts of yin and yang, the lineage or "roots" of the school, and more. This segment of the test was "closed book," and the student had to rely on their knowledge alone. The students testing for 2nd Dan had increasingly challenging questions with short answer written responses.
Following the written examination, the physical skills and knowledge of the students were tested. The first degree candidates are required to know 11 traditional katas, including Chulgi 1, Eye of the Eagle, the Palgwes, and others (junior rank candidates do not need to know Old Koryo). 2nd Degree candidates also need to know and additional 5 katas including New Koryo, Chulgi 2, Heian 1, Chip Su, and Guem Gang. Other areas tested included punches, kicks, stances, 36 basic forms, advanced techniques, floor