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Blanco Hill Country Karate Students Rank Up
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 • Posted November 20, 2007

Hill Country Karate’s Juniors and Adults classes meeting at the Blanco Community Learning Center closed out the fall session with rank up testing in November. Hill Country Karate (HCK) is a division of the American Society of Karate. The primary goal of HCK instructors is to develop students mentally, as well as physically, by focusing on attitude, respect, and discipline.

HCK Juniors begin as white belts. By acquiring a specified number of signatures, attending classes, and tournaments, and passing an oral and skill based rank up test, junior students move up through a series of yellow, orange, green, and blue belts, followed by three degrees of purple and three degrees of red. Adult students, beginning age 13, start over as white belts and rank up through a similar series of belts, replacing the red belt with three degrees of brown and the black belt.

Julio Alegria, Tyler Campbell, Daniel Chamblee, Dustin Culak, Gage Fuller, Jacob Fuller, Tori Little, Tristan Lopez, Madison McDaniel, Hunter Toler and Emily Verhey successfully passed the yellow belt rank up test at the Blanco class in November. They completed 30 situps and 30 pushups and demonstrated competencies in a fighting stance and four karate techniques including side kicks and roundhouse kicks.

The students also passed an oral test on the history of karate. They accumulated at least ten class signatures and attended one karate tournament as white belts prior to rank up testing.

Adrian Lamphier ranked up to green belt by completing 75 situps and 75 pushups. He demonstrated competencies in a fighting stance and three techniques including hook kicks and roundhouse kicks. Adrian also completed an oral test on the history and terms of karate. He accumulated at least ten class signatures and attended one karate tournament as an orange belt.

Aaron Fudge and Zoe Justice ranked up to second degree purple, completing 125 situps and 125 pushups, and demonstrating competency in 3 karate techniques including reverse crescent kicks and back roundhouse kicks. Aaron and Zoe passed an oral test on the history and terms of karate, accumulated at least 20 class signatures and participated in two karate tournaments as first degree purple belts.

In the adult class, Alyssa Reddin and Chelsea Fuller ranked from white to yellow belts by completing 30 knuckle push ups, 50 crunch situps, and 100 jump rope cycles. They demonstrated competencies in eleven techniques including side kicks and spinning back kicks. Alyssa and Chelsea showed mastery of a kata, H Form #1, and completed a written test on the history of karate. They accumulated at least ten class signatures and attended one tournament as white belts.

Congratulations to each of these dedicated students. Hill Country Karate meets in over fifty locations in the hill country and San Antonio area. Tournaments are area wide and students compete against students in other HCK classes. Head instructors hold a Black Belt in American Karate. For more information about starting dates for January classes please call 830-629-6686 or go to www.hckarate.com.

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