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Local martial arts academy awards first black belts
Culmination of four years hard work
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Anthony Dill, far left, leads a group of students during warm-ups at Moohan Martial Arts Academy. - photo by Bob Christian
Located next to the Goodwill at the corner of Hwy. 53 and Ga. 400, Moohan Martial Arts Academy opened its doors to the public in the summer of 2015. Starting with a class of only 21 students, Master Seung Ho Kim and his wife Eunice Kim reached the culmination of their efforts by awarding the academy’s first black belts to four students on Saturday, Aug. 25. Taking a minimum of two and a half years to complete, but usually taking three or more years of study, the black belt indicates a student, although still learning, knows enough to be considered an instructor, according to the World Taekwondo Headquarters located in Kukkiwon, South Korea. “There can be many different colored belts and tests depending on the school,” Eunice Kim said as she explained the testing system. “With the black belt it has to involve Kukkiwon.” Kim further explained that there were nine degrees of black belt, and starting with the fifth rank students would be awarded the title of Master.