Just before Christmas, the students of the Provincial Martial Arts Association in Sicamous and Salmon Arm had their first belt testing. The belt tests were administered by 4th degree black belt and director of the PMA Karate, Todd Johnston from Calgary, AB. Students had to perform various blocks, kicks, and punches as well as katas, sparring, self-defence moves and board breaking to achieve their belt levels.
Top – adults and youth – Back row, left to right: Will Phillips (yellow belt), Cynthia Michaud (white), Nicolas Michaud (yellow), Logan Phillips (yellow), Joel Rusk (blue stripe belt), Cody Kubik (yellow); front row (left to right): Tommy Bland (yellow), Armando Gamaton (yellow), Kevin Redman (yellow), Brianne Simpson (white), Thomas Tune (yellow) Missing: Rebecca Erikson (yellow.)
Below– back row, left to right: Jonathan Arkinstall (yellow), Ty Sigvaldason (yellow), Stanley Tweedle (white), Gabriel Walsh (yellow); front row, left to right: Jarrad Clancy (yellow stripe belt), Ava Gulliford (white), Ryley Meyer (yellow), Brian Tweedle (white), Nash Rutherford (yellow). Missing: Parker Speka (white), Isabella Bishop (white).
The karate program is ongoing and can be joined at anytime. Call head instructor Holly Raczynski at 250-253-2406 for information on classes.