Brandy Spicher, Brian Christopher, Felicia Baca-Griego
Brandy, Brian, and Felicia tested February 17, 2017 and were certified April 25, 2017
The Black Belt test consists of demonstrating all technique and to also be able to teach the techniques correctly. This part of the test is with the equipment demonstrating all hand techniques, kicking techniques, knee and elbow techniques and sweeping techniques.
There is much knowledge being tested in the 3 1/2 hours it takes to complete this test. Knowledge on empty hand defense, weapons defense.
A lot of matt work is demonstrated with how to fall safely, roll outs, slap outs, take offs from different attacks, tackle attacks, and more!
All kata are performed and then we test mental strength with the Shinai (Kendo training tool).
Sparring with all the students from the lower ranks all the way up to Sensei Richard. This shows the fighting spirit of the student.
The Black Belt testing class was well attended with many of our students and 15 of our Black Belts. We are also so thankful for the support from family and friends.
Brandy Spicher, Brian Christopher, and Felicia Baca-Griego all took their own path to the same goal. They are the three newest certified Black Belts at Belen Goju Ryu Karate! We now have certified 72 Black Belts and 4 posthumous Black Belts for a total of 76 Black Belts!
Shodan Brian Christopher lives in Los Chavez and is a 2016 graduate of Belen High School and is currently working at THE BEST STORE. Shodan Brian began his training September 22, 2005.
Shodan Felicia Baca-Griego is from Belen and is a 2017 graduating Senior of Belen High School. She is a Valedictorian this year as well and plans to attend University of New Mexico in Albuquerque to study Health Science. Shodan Felicia began her training July 11, 2011.
Brandy Spicher lives in Los Lunas and is a 2017 graduating Senior at School of Dreams Academy. She'll be attending University of New Mexico- Valencia Campus to study Physical Therapy. Shodan Brandy began her training July 21,2009.