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Vernon Valley Karate Academy

Black Belt Promotions

On Sunday, June 5th, sixteen students from the Vernon Valley Karate Academy put their skills, strength, and determination on the line as they tested for Black Belt rank. 

Each student demonstrated proficiency in all of the necessary aspects of this martial art. This included performing kata, prearranged forms that demonstrate karate technique, kumite, sparring against other black belt level students, and application of their skills in self-defense situations. 

Sensei Shull, owner and head instructor at the Vernon school commented, “All of my candidates rose to the occasion and made me so very proud. After years of preparation and commitment, these students found that they have what it takes to achieve the coveted rank of Black Belt. I praise their commitment, devotion, spirit, and strength.”

Promoted to the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) were CJ Hintzen, Ed Lyden, Ryan Rieger, Braden Rosario, Christian Stone, Alicia Warner, Samantha Wolujczyk, Wade Riley, and Scott Wolven. Promoted to Nidan (2nd degree black belt) were Tyler Douglass, Rachel Olinski, Scott Riley, Connor Shillcock, and Tayler Schoenfeld. Promoted to the rank of Yondan (4th  degree black belt) was Monica McGovern. Promoted to the rank of Godan (5th  degree black belt) was Jillian Vazquez.

Also promoted to the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons) was
Rachel Olinski.

 

Pictured: 

(Back row L to R): Ed Lyden, Ryan Rieger, Sensei Chuck Ercolano, Sensei Tom Shull, Scott Wolven, Connor Shillcock, Tyler Douglass, and Christian Stone. (Middle row L to R): Braden Rosario, Scott Riley, Wade Riley Monica McGovern, Tyler Schoenfeld, and Alicia Warner. (Front row L to R): Samantha Wolujczyk, CJ Hintzen, Jillian Vazquez, and Rachel Olinski.

CONGRATULATIONS!
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On Thursday, May 29th, Jillian (Banks) Vazquez, put her skills, strength and determination on the line as she tested for the rank of Fifth Degree Black Belt and was awarded the title of Renshi, Expert Instructor. This journey took this Vernon resident over 20 years of diligent training.

 

Jillian was required to demonstrate proficiency in all of the necessary aspects of this martial art. This included performing kata, prearranged forms that demonstrate karate technique, kumite, sparring against other black belt level students, application of her skills in self-defense situations, and competence in sharing her skills with her students as a karate instructor. 

Sensei Tom Shull, owner and 7th Degree Black Belt instructor at the Vernon school commented, “Jillian rose to the occasion and made me so very proud. After all these years of preparation, dedication, and commitment, she has proven herself worthy to be rewarded with the prestige that comes with this distinguished rank. I praise her commitment, devotion, spirit, and strength.”