ZDK members earn rank promotions

Kneeling, from left, Tucker Romeyn, Brendan McGann and Gabe Stock recently tested for rank promotions. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — Several students of the Zen Do Kai, located at 490 N. Perry St, recently tested for rank advancement.

Rob and Bonnie Streeter would like to congratulate the students who were successful.

Myles Buanno earned his junior black belt rank after many years of training; showing dedication and commitment to the black belt process.

Buanno attends Fonda-Fultonville and was inducted into Junior National Honor Society this year. His grade average this year is 92 and is a high honor roll student. He participates in drama club, newspaper club, builders club, robotics club, art club and is a member of the marching band and the boys modified soccer team.

Outside of school, Buanno has a pet cat named George he loves, as well as pet chickens.

Several members of the Zen Do Kai Martial Arts school recently tested for rank promotions. Kneeling is Myles Buanno and in the front row, from left, are Ruby Welsh, Alexis G, Connor Fraiser and Molly Cook, in the second row, from left, director Michael Campos, Lucas Pettit, Julien Gomez, Andrew Brookins, Matthew Reichel, Jacob Woodcock, Brian Buanno, Diana Desoto and family. (Photo submitted)

“Myles loves taking walks in the woods and by the pond to explore. Myles’ father, Brian Buanno said in a news release. “I think what makes Myles special is he is a kind gentle soul. I have never seen him be mean, act like a bully or show off.”

Students, from the Zen Do Kai intermediate junior program and achieved their new rank included; Atticus May, Nate Flint and Sean Scofield. “Atticus is a great student who gives 100 percent each and every class. He has a great sense of humor, is very outgoing and will make a super assistant one day,” said Bonnie Streeter in the release. “Nate is super focused on his training and because of his dedication, he has moved into the advanced junior program. I will miss him in our intermediate program, Sean has awesome twitch muscles which he uses very effectively in sparring. Sean is also a dedicated student and it showed during his test.”

The third group of students are from the beginning junior program. Tucker Romeyn began in the Little Dragon program and has moved successfully into the beginning program.

Brendan McGann and Gabe Stock have been training a short time, but have shown they love martial arts and did a great job on their test.

“Our students have worked hard learning karate and the character traits that the arts embody such as leadership, control, self-discipline and honor. They have shown the dedication necessary to take the next step up the ladder to becoming black belts,” said Bonnie Streeter. “Our tests are based on 50 years of martial arts experience and challenge the students to work hard towards their individual goals. “

Kneeling, from left, Atticus May, Nate Flint and Sean Scofield and recently tested for rank promotions. (Photo submitted)

The Zen Do Kai offers Karate classes for ages 4 through adult. The Zen Do Kai also offers group self-defense sessions, karate birthday parties, and offers free seminars to community groups. Please message or email for more details.

On June 15, the Zen Do Kai will be hosting a celebration for their 50th anniversary of bringing martial arts to the community. The club would not have been able to reach the 50-year milestone without community support and we would like to thank everyone. This will be a kid-friendly event and there will be free food, a bounce house, games, basket raffles and more. Check the Zen Do Kai Facebook page www.facebook.com/AZDKUSA for further details.

Those who register for the free event will be entered into a special drawing.

For more information, call (518) 762-4723, visit www.facebook.com/AZDKUSA on Facebook or www.zendokaius.com, or stop in and the location at 490 N. Perry St, Johnstown.


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