Winter 2016 Belt Testing

Last week we had a very special rank promotion ceremony at Lakes Martial Arts in Minneapolis: we awarded our very first black belt, another leadership team member earned a black uniform, and a stellar class of new intermediate students earned their sparring gear. All in all, over 40 students tested for a new rank, one of the largest ceremonies we've ever had since we opened in 2013!

Master Dave Niska joined us as a special guest. Master Niska started his martial arts training ATA in 1983. He is an extremely well-rounded martial arts, as has served as hand to hand combat instructor for the Marine Corps, he is a purple belt with the Gracie Jujitsu program, and I watched him earn his Mastership in 2013. He is one of the owners of Excel Lifeforce Martial Arts Training Center in Woodbury. Two interesting facts about Master Niska:

  • Mike Moh (who plays Agent G & Ryu in Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist) was a student of Master Niska.
  • One of Master Niska’s favorite food: Cheesecake!
Master Dave Niska with Mr. Kern (and Agent G in the background) pictured left. Mrs. Jessica Reinhardt earned her black uniform while Mr. Clay Hogen-Chin earned his first-degree black belt, pictured right along with Master Niska and Mr. Kern.

Master Dave Niska with Mr. Kern (and Agent G in the background) pictured left. Mrs. Jessica Reinhardt earned her black uniform while Mr. Clay Hogen-Chin earned his first-degree black belt, pictured right along with Master Niska and Mr. Kern.

BIG NEWS!

Mrs Jessica Reinhardt earned her black uniform as part of the Lakes Martial Arts Leadership team (note that red collar!).

Mr. Hogen-Chin earned his ATA 1st Degree Black Belt and shares his goals with the Lakes Martial Arts community. 

  • Attend at least one tournament in our region each year.
  • Attend the Iowa Conference in February of next year
  • Earn his second degree black belt within the next two years
  • Compete at ATA World Championships
  • Continue to be a part of the success of Lakes Martial Arts

We appreciate Mr. Hogen-Chin's continued leadership in Songahm Taekwondo!

Congrats to the Hogen-Chin on their first black belt! I see three more black belts in your future! This family believes that families that kick together, stick together!

Congrats to the Hogen-Chin on their first black belt! I see three more black belts in your future! This family believes that families that kick together, stick together!

And congratulations to all the students who tested for a new rank! Here is our class photo: