Students receiving cross rank on June 30, 2012, were from multiple schools in the USGTSDA family:
Donald Belsito Sr., Sa Bom, of Catskill Martial Arts Academy
Sa (4th) Dan
Gail Capolupo, Sa Bom, of Bunker Hill Karate
Ee (2nd) Dan
Kristen Finnermore of Quest Martial Arts
Cho (1st) Dan
Coleen Solitro of Quest Martial Arts
Eric Levesque of Bunker Hill Karate
Brandon Dalli of Twin Tigers Do Jang
Congratulations to all!
Students were required to demonstrate fundamental skills to the grading panel including: line drills, kicking, one-steps, self-defense, sparring skill, weapons, and traditional forms. Sitting on the Shim Sa (testing) panel were Mike Bogdanski, Kwan Jang of Quest Martial Arts and Steve Voelker, Kwan Jang of Pyung Hwa Kunin Tang Soo Do. Other Shim Sa panel members included: Bill Odom, SBN; Garth Charland, SBN; Nick Coffman, SBN; Kristin Duethorn, SBN and Tom Whitbread; SBN.
We are grateful to Master Bill Odom and his staff at Norfolk Karate Academy for hosting the event. A celebration dinner was held at a local Korean restaurant. Certificates were awarded during the National tournament on Saturday afternoon. Master Belsito of Catskill Martial Arts Academy and Master Strobel of Tribury Karate and fitness were also awarded Studio Certificates on Saturday.