Martial Arts Studio Gives Black Belts to Two Mendota Heights Students

The students completed a rigorous four-hour-long trial last Sunday.

The following is a press release from Boltz's Family Martial Arts and Fitness.

Four Taekwondo students advanced to the rank of Black Belt last Sunday at Boltz’s Family Martial Arts and Fitness in Mendota Heights. Ms. Tracy Dungan of Eden Prairie, Mr. Lane Gans of Mendota Heights, Mr. Gilad Lerman and Mr. Yuval Lerman of St. Paul completed the rigorous four-hour long trials at a closed test last Sunday with great success.

Their test was proctored by head instructor/school owner Master Greg Boltz Bolton, fifth dan, with the assistance of Mr. Neil Smeby, third dan. Their trials included displays of speed, power and accuracy in kicking combinations, self-defense techniques, sparring drills, fitness testing, forms and board breaking. The final step of this tremendous milestone for the four candidates will be a showcase of their skills hosted by Boltz’s Family Martial Arts and Fitness at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. They will have the opportunity to perform their showcase before family, friends, fellow students and the general public. A formal presentation of their Black Belts and Kukkiwon certificates will follow. The Kukkiwon, located in Seoul, South Korea, is the governing body of Taekwondo around the world.

Boltz’s Family Martial Arts and Fitness trains over 230 students in the arts of Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword) and offers a full schedule of group fitness classes. The school has become a fixture of the community with their active involvement and partnerships with independent school districts 196, 197, 199, Saint Paul School District and local community education programs.

Ms. Tracy, Mr. Lane, Mr. Gilad and Mr. Yuval will join the school’s sixteen existing Black Belts as they continue on their martial arts journey.


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