Great Lakes Global TaeKwon-do hosts national seminar

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.

Sydney Delmonica of Arbor Hills and Marianna Temple of McCord engaged in self-defense exercises.
Sydney Delmonica of Arbor Hills and Marianna Temple of McCord engaged in self-defense exercises.

A black belt seminar was held on Friday night featuring 42 black belts from around the country.

Nick Larberg, right, held the board for Ian Sutherlin-Garsha to break with his palm.
Nick Larberg, right, held the board for Ian Sutherlin-Garsha to break with his palm.

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.

First Row, L-R: Sydney Delmonico, Brandon Nickens, Marianna Temple, Kendra Hakkarainen, Malora Hakkarainen, Bryce Steinmiller. Second Row, L-R: Chris Spiller, Master Terry Batch, Master Terence Geoghegan, Master Robert Wheatley, Master Joseph Seszko, Master Nick Malefyt, Master Carol Van Zile, George Bole. Third Row, L-R: Misty Smith, Michael Spinelli, Joseph Ford, Robert Warner, Eugene Olsowka, Ian Sutherlin-Gorsha, Karen Badger, Chris Martin, Ken Steinmiller participated and were successful in a Black Belt Testing on Jan. 23.
First Row, L-R: Sydney Delmonico, Brandon Nickens, Marianna Temple, Kendra Hakkarainen, Malora Hakkarainen, Bryce Steinmiller. Second Row, L-R: Chris Spiller, Master Terry Batch, Master Terence Geoghegan, Master Robert Wheatley, Master Joseph Seszko, Master Nick Malefyt, Master Carol Van Zile, George Bole. Third Row, L-R: Misty Smith, Michael Spinelli, Joseph Ford, Robert Warner, Eugene Olsowka, Ian Sutherlin-Gorsha, Karen Badger, Chris Martin, Ken Steinmiller participated and were successful in a Black Belt Testing on Jan. 23.

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.