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Testing their colors

Platte Valley Martial Arts holds color belt testing for 'Little Dragons', Taekwondo and Judo classes


January 2, 2019

Photos courtesy Rachel Swanson

Members of Platte Valley Martial Arts following color belt testing. Front row from left, Alissa Catron, Jamis McLinskey, Nate Keel, Thomas Catron, Maylen Keel, Esther Haderlie, Joseph Haderlie, Kooper Hull and Edgar Faust. Middle row from left, Kaden Nobles, Rhea Irby, Elaine Robbins, Keston Baysinger, Kellan Swanson, Zoe Butler, Dashaal Baysinger, Sensei Christina Reyes, Jaxton Keel and Master John Stewart. Back row, from left, Mr. Gene Hale, Leo Nobles, Zane Butler, Bob Keel, Trenton Swanson and Sensi Nick Haderlie.

On Dec. 15, Platte Valley Martial Arts (PVMA) held color belt testing for all three of its classes: Little Dragons, Taekwondo and Judo. The Little Dragons class, according to the press release from PVMA, is intended for younger students between 3-6 years old "with a focus on basic balance and coordination skills."

Taekwondo is a Korean form of martial arts that emphasizes kicking, striking and self-defense while Judo, a Japanese art, involves throwing, grappling and submissions.

Color belt testing begins with a physical demonstration of techniques and is followed by interviews, where it is...

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