Black Belt Test Results
Five students have tested and earned new black belt ranks!
With the temporary closing of our school doors for regular in person classes due to restrictions from COVID-19, Grandmaster Crandall evaluated how he and the school could take care of the students who had been put up to test for black belt. We have exceptional students who are loyal and dedicated to the school, and while they would be patient and wait for the testing to be held at a later date, it is important for our students to continue their growth and training in this traditional Art. The training hall may be the "home of American Eagle Style Students," but the training hall is only a building. It is, always has been, and will always be about people. Therefore, the five candidates were each tested separately by Grandmaster Crandall and Headmaster Stalloch during the week of March 16.
Every black belt testing is different. In these particular testings, self defense skills were demonstrated with imaginary partners, meaning there was no physical contact with the candidate because they were evaluated individually. Some of the areas which the candidates did demonstrate included punches, kicks, basic forms, advanced techniques, and katas including Old Koryo, Chulgi 1, Eye of the Eagle, Pal-gwe 1, weapons forms and many others. 5th Dan candidates demonstrated forms including Hookiyu, Hansoo, Heian 4, Simplicity, and Sil Lum. Other areas included Standing Waza, ippon kumite, escape hanza techniques, board breaking, self defense skills (without a partner), and more. Each candidate also took a written exam. Some areas were not demonstrated at these particular testing such as sparring; however, not all areas must be demonstrated at every testing (every test is different) and sparring skills and other areas can always be observed when regular classes resume. It is about the journey, not the destination.