Friday night, September 8, 2016, many witnessed the culmination of hard work, perseverance and indomitable spirit, as 26 students from both Glendale and Surprise Academies tested for their Black Belts. Junior Black Belts tested prior to our Adults setting the stage for a most exciting evening.
Students from age 9-55 years of age triumphed through hours of physical training, sparring and board breaking to earn Black Belts ranging from 1st Rec. up to 4th Degree.
This was the final segment of a three part testing process at Arrowhead Martial Arts Academies: written, physical challenge and curriculum. Along the 3 1/2-4 year journey students also earned badges in Respect, Teamwork, Perseverance, Self-Discipline, Leadership and Knowledge.
None of these students could have reached this moment without the support of their parents, spouses and their awesome instructors. A big thanks to all who were, and are, a part of this awesome ongoing journey. Now the fun begins as we welcome many new black belts to a new experience as they join our Black Belt classes on Monday and Wednesdays.
In honor of this achievement, the celebration will continue at 10:00 am at our upcoming Black Belt Extravaganza being held Saturday, September 30, 2016, at Sierra Verde Elementary School.