10/16/2013 10:13:00 AM 3 attain black belts in ShinPu-Ren karate tests Friday
Andrew Rojas earned his junior black belt during testing Friday night.
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Ceiley Plucinsky, top, earns a junior black belt, and Jason Ebersol (bottom) earned his black belt during testing Friday night at the ShinPu-Ren karate school in Prescott Valley.
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Prescott Valley Tribune
Three ShinPu-Ren students earned their black belt certifications this past Friday in Prescott Valley.
Two of these students, 10-year-old Ceiley Plucinsky and 11-year-old Andrew Rojas earned their junior black belts. Both of these students began their training in 2010 in the Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation program.
During their four years of training, both have shown remarkable dedication to learning their art, said ShinPu-Ren instructor Renshi Lori Morris.
"They have both done well in competitions, having both placed on state and national levels. Ceily has a more extensive competition career and has championed numerous times, including holding three world champion titles," Morris said.
The testing for the juniors' black belt ranks began on Oct. 9. They both had to take a 220-question written exam covering all aspects of the system, terminology - Japanese and English - history, lineage and psychology of karate. They were required to pass with a minimum of 85 percent.
"Both of them aced their exams," Morris said.
Afterwards, they each were required to design and lead a full class of students.
The second portion of their testing was on Friday, when each was required to perform their 15 "forms" to black belt perfection. Then, they performed a "Kata," or form, of their own design, and explained its application.
This was followed by two weapons forms, demonstrated at black belt level. They also underwent an hour of "humbling," time set aside for them to reflect and physically perform service duties to the Dojo.
Each one then was required to demonstrate 50 defense applications under attack by various adult black belts, including take downs, joint locks and miscellaneous controlled techniques. Finally, both underwent a "fight test" lasting an hour, with a fresh opponent challenger every three minutes.
Morris said both students will receive the full black belt rank if they continue to train beyond 16 years.
The third of Friday's black belt candidates is an adult student from the Yavapai College program. Jason Ebersol underwent the same physical test as the two younger students, and was expected to be able to teach each of his defense techniques, the majority of them being ground fighting skills. His written test was more detailed and difficult to complete, with 279 questions.
Ebersol passed with 103 percent score. He is the second Yavapai College student to attain black belt level.
"Jason is an inspiration to many of the students particularly the adults," Morris said. "He has tremendous teaching skills. In March, he became an official assistant instructor at the school."
Friday night's testing ended with a celebration following the belt awards ceremonies.