Centerline Martial Arts students promoted at Black Belt testing

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WALLA WALLA — Centerline Martial Arts hosted a Black Belt test here recently, with several Centerline students earning promotions.

The testing board included 8th Degree Sr. Master Art Schoonover of Vancouver, Wash.; 5th Degree Craig Craddock from Longview, Wash.; and 4th Degree Centerline instructors Mike Glencross and Dale Hutcherson.

Centerline students earning promotions include 17-year-old Andrew Glencross, who has been training in Taekwon-Do for more than nine years and is now one of the youngest 3rd Dan (Degree) Black Belts in the nation, Mike Glencross said.

Fifteen-year-old Reid Reininger has been promoted to 2nd Dan after more than eight years of training. He is also the reigning National Junior Grand champion and International Silver medalist.

And Andrew Platner is the most recent student to achieve the rank of 1st Dan Black Belt.

Students were also required to perform 20-30 hours of community service prior to submitting their testing application.

“The testing candidates exceeded the strict Black Belt testing requirements mandated by the United States Taekwon-Do Federation,” Mike Glencross said. “They did an outstanding job of demonstrating various testing requirements ranging from patterns, breaking, kicking, self-defense against multiple opponents, sparring against multiple opponents and detailed knowledge and understanding of the art.”

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