Great Lakes Global Taekwon-do, 5429 Schultz Dr., hosted a two-day event on Jan. 22 and 23 at the Olivet Christian Life Center. Master Robert N. Wheatley, president of the United States International Taekwon-do Federation, President of the International Taekwon-do Federation in Ireland, France and Germany and well known around the world as an exceptional instructor in the “ART” of Taekwon-do presented a seminar on Saturday afternoon.
A black belt seminar was held on Friday night featuring 42 black belts from around the country.
Fifteen people, 10 of whom from Sylvania, ranging in age from 11 to 61 years of age, participated in a black belt testing event on Saturday. Carol Van Zile of Great Lakes Taekwon-Do, received her seventh degree black belt. She is one of only three females in the country to have attained this level. Others tested for one to six degree status.
Joining Master Wheatley were Master Terry Batch, 8th degree from Midland, Mich., Master Terence Geoghegan, 8th degree from Vista, Calif., Master Joe Seszko, 8th degree from Martins Ferry, Ohio and Master Nick Malefyt, 7th degree from Fairfield, NJ.