Three athletes from Bodystrong Academy earn black belts

Three Bodystrong Taekwon-do students recently — and successfully — tested for their black belt.

Students initially completed a written theory test with a requirement to score greater then 70 percent; the practical test included patterns (set series of movements), technical ability for blocking and striking in combat and technical ability for joint locks, takedowns and throws.

The test culminated in a power test of breaking wood boards and concrete roof tiles. The examiner, Master David Mason of Battle Ground, tested the students at the Bodystrong Taekwon-do Academy on Feb. 2 in front of the student’s friends and family.

Those earning black belts included:

Larry Muckley, a father, business owner and a instructor at Bodystrong Taekwon-do, who was promoted to 2nd degree black belt;

Joe Ryan, a student training in Taekwon-do for 18 years, and has “found Taekwon-do very challenging,” instructors say, who earned his black belt, and, Marshall Phipps, the fourth member of his family to gain the rank of black belt at Bodystrong Taekwon-do, after six years as a student.

Bodystrong Taekwon-do Academy, at 459 W. Washington St., hosts classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Classes for 4- and 5-year-olds are at 4 p.m., for 6- to 11-year-olds at 5 p.m. and adults at 6 p.m. Call 360-582-0301 for more information.

Marshall Phipps breaks a wood board as part of his black belt testing in early February. Phipps became the fourth member of his family to earn a Taekwon-do black belt. Submitted photo

Marshall Phipps breaks a wood board as part of his black belt testing in early February. Phipps became the fourth member of his family to earn a Taekwon-do black belt. Submitted photo

Joe Ryan breaks concrete tiles to display power during his black belt testing earlier this month. Ryan has been studying Taekwon-do for 18 years. Submitted photo

Joe Ryan breaks concrete tiles to display power during his black belt testing earlier this month. Ryan has been studying Taekwon-do for 18 years. Submitted photo

Larry Muckley breaks concrete tiles to display power during his black belt testing earlier this month. He earned his 2nd degree black belt. Submitted photo

Larry Muckley breaks concrete tiles to display power during his black belt testing earlier this month. He earned his 2nd degree black belt. Submitted photo

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