Area martial artists earn rank promotions

Members of Pazzaglia's Kenpo Karate tested for rank in front of an international certified panel of instructors and were able to successfully meet the standards for their new ranks. Pictured, from left, are Mary Hallett (third-degree black belt), Johnathan Smith (junior orange belt), Brandon Walton (purple belt), Matt Van Nostrand (black belt and Joe Pazzaglia (fifth-degree black belt). (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN – Recently, members of Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate tested for rank in front of an international certified panel of instructors and were able to successfully meet the standards for their new ranks.

Johnathan Smith and Brandon Walton both of Johnstown trained hard to get ready for their tests.

Smith tested for his junior orange belt, and alton tested for his adult purple belt.

“Both students did a great job in preparing, and on the test itself,” owner and chief instructor Joe Pazzaglia said in a news release. “The test required students to demonstrate at a high level of proficiency basics, self defense, forms, sparring and random attacks. I couldn’t be prouder and I look forward to watching them grow even more in the martial arts.”

Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate is located at 81 Briggs St. in Johnstown and provides instruction in American Kenpo, Aikido, weapons defense, private lessons, martial arts demonstrations, children abduction prevention and anti-bullying seminars, cardio kickboxing and fitness.

For more information, visit Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate on Facebook or call (518) 775-0695.

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