Mar­tial arts stu­dents fly high

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STU­DENTS have shown im­pres­sive skills and de­ter­mi­na­tion at Rhee Tae Kwon Do’s fi­nal ac­tion day for the year.

Through hard work and high stan­dards, four stu­dents suc­cess­ful achieved black belts on Satur­day, December 10.

Tony Hughes from the Ather­ton centre with Dale Muc­cig­nat and Jor­don Todd from the Dimbulah centre ap­plied for First Dan Black Belt grad­ing test to­gether.

Sam Dry­den, 14, from the Dimbulah Centre ap­plied for the Ju­nior Black Belt grad­ing test on the day.

All four ap­pli­cants dis­played tech­nique, speed and power while per­form­ing pat­terns, free spar­ing and a se­ries of board breaks.

Their ded­i­ca­tion to the mar­tial art re­sulted in all four stu­dents be­ing suc­cess­ful in achiev­ing their Black Belts.

Re­gional Mas­ter In­struc­tor for Table­lands Gen­naro Arena was their grad­ing examiner.

More than 50 stu­dents and 18 Black Belts from Ather­ton, Dimbulah and Ma­reeba train­ing cen­tres at­tended the day.

Stu­dents and In­struc­tors are to be com­mended for their ded­i­ca­tion to­wards train­ing through­out 2016. Rhee Tae Kwon Do Table­lands sec­re­tary Gaye Tay­lor

Fa­ther and Founder of Tae Kwon Do in Aus­tralia and Rhee In­ter­na­tional Tae Kwon Do, World Mas­ter Chong Chul Rhee made a spe­cial visit, trav­el­ling from Syd­ney to Ma­reeba for the ac­tion day.

Rhee Tae Kwon Do Table­lands sec­re­tary Gaye Tay­lor con­grat­u­lated stu­dents and in­struc­tors for their hard work.

“Stu­dents and In­struc­tors are to be com­mended for their ded­i­ca­tion to­wards train­ing through­out 2016,” she said.

“They will take a well de­served break over Christ­mas and New Year. RTKD Train­ing Cen­tres will re­open in late Jan­uary 2017.” MORE PIC­TURES, PAGE 23

Pic­ture: Suzie Grace

Sam Dry­den, 14, from the Dimbulah Centre ex­e­cutes a fly­ing side kick over five stu­dents to break a tim­ber board.

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