Congratulations for IOK’s newest Black Belt, Brandon Wencek! Brandon passed his Shodan Test this past Sunday. The concensus is he really stepped it up for the big day with great execution. Brandon has been with IOK for many years, through the kids classes and into the adult classes as a young teenager. At almost 16 years old, he joins the ranks of a limited number of others before him. (including his sister Elyse) as one of the youngest to achieve the Shodan promotion. Now we can shift our focus to their Dad, Steve!
Congratulations go out as well to Annie Cavanaugh in attaining the rank of Rokudan! Annie has endured countless classes with Jackie Dowd over the years to get this far, showing her mettle and perseverance. Her tirelss efforts to teach the children discipline truly demonstrates a karate spirit.
Congratulations to all the Students from our various afiliates who solidly achieved their next rank last Sunday. Your hard work and dedication is recognized and appreciated! Special thanks goes out to those who took the time volunteering as a partners.