Two Thirds, One Second and One First 23-2-1. The Mountain Academy experienced a first last weekend. We had 2 students test for 3rd degree black belt, 1 student test for their 2nd degree black belt and 1 student test for their 1st degree black belt. And another 20 students test for all ranks. What a wonderful experience for all of us.
There were 19 Black Belts at the Friday night test and 11Black Belts sat on the board on Saturday. A tribute to the Mountain Academy Family.
I would like to congratulate Imy Rich and Jim Beasley for achieving 3rd Degree Black Belt, quite rare, and Melissa Barrow her 2nd degree Black Belt, an impressive achievement, and Jody Nelson, 1st Degree Black Belt, very proud. Along with the other students that tested, I am humbled by the dedication, the practice, the attitude, the overall quality of students that are part of the Mountain Academy Family.
I would also like to thank the Black Belts for the wonderful cards, gifts and particularly my new Black Belt in honor of 8th degree. I will wear my belt with enormous pride. It is because of you that I am where I am and it is because of you that I do what I do. Thank you.
The combination for our success this past weekend was 23-2-1, it unlocked a memorable weekend. I hope to see the same again in the future.
Grandmaster John W. Rankin