Dojo Dynamics, a martial arts school in Sandwich, recently hosted a black belt promotion for two students. Glen Bloemker and Daniel Corcoran were promoted to sho-dan, first-degree black belt, on April 26, earning the title of sensei, which means “teacher.” Sensei Trevor Kurtz received a promotion to a second-degree black belt.
Also that evening, Master Jack Walleck had his black belt removed and replaced with a red-and-white belt, which signifies his level of mastery. The belt is called a renchi belt and has not been formally awarded to any instructor in the Midwest Isshin Shorinji Ryu System since it was last worn by the Academy of the Martial Arts master and founder James Chapman back in the early 1970s. Walleck has retired, but his teachings live on in all he mentored.
Before the ceremony was finished, 10th-degree Grand Master Tom Heriaud presented two final certificates. Shihan Scott Francis and Shihan Mark Nixon were promoted to seventh-degree black belts, honoring them for their years of dedication to the martial arts, supporting events, competing at many levels and teaching thousands of students. They are the first seventh-degree black belts under Heriaud.
For more information about Dojo Dynamics, its instructors or students, call 815-786-9296, visit at 131 S. Wells St., Sandwich, or visit www.dojodynamics.com.