Six students from the adult program at the Vernon Valley Karate Academy put their skills, strength and determination on the line on Sunday, June 9, as they tested for Black Belt rank. Each student demonstrated proficiency in all of the necessary aspects of this martial art. This included performing kata, prearranged forms that demonstrate karate technique, kumite, sparring against other black belt level students, and application of their skills in self-defense situations. Sensei Shull, owner and head instructor at the Vernon school commented, “All of my candidates rose to the occasion and made me so very proud. After years of preparation and commitment, these students found that they have what it takes to achieve the coveted rank of Black Belt. I praise their commitment, devotion, spirit, and strength.”Promoted to the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) were: Shane Lyden, Connor Shillcock, Christopher Carrasco, and Tyler Douglass. Promoted to the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) was Timothy Duvelsdorf, and promoted to the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) was Linda Boniface. Also promoted to Black Belt rank in Okinawa Kobudo (traditional weapons) were Nidan (2nd degree black belt) Nick Vigiletti and Shodan (1st degree black belt) Connor Shillcock,Anyone interested, ages 4 and up, in becoming involved in our program at Vernon Valley Karate, call at (973) 764-3104 and check us out on line at www.vernonkarate.com.