Congratulations to Our New Level 2,3 & 5s!

This past Friday night saw 2 hours of testing, presided over by GM Taboada, of several students from RVA Balintawak: Walter Bogdan (Levels 1 & 2), Nathan Wender (Levels 1, 2, & 3), Cameron Winn (Levels 1, 2, & 3), and several students from Maryland led by GrandMaster Terryl Richardson (Level 5) including Professor Lusk Penn (Level 5), John King (Levels 1 & 2), and Kevin Welch (Levels 1 & 2) . We want to congratulate all of these students who have shown great dedication to the art of Balintawak! We especially want to honor the dedication of GM Richardson and his crew from Kazoku Martial Arts. They have taken on the art of Balintawak without an official instructor nearby and have made the extra effort to visit GM Taboada at every opportunity and to train with us at RVA Balintawak as often as possible. Keep up the good work everyone!

Participants of the testing session 7/10/15

Participants of the testing session 7/10/15

Members of the Maryland Crew. From L to R, GM Richardson, GM Taboada, Prof. Penn, John King, Kevin Welch, & Guru Jemar Carcellar.

Members of the Maryland Crew. From L to R, GM Richardson, GM Taboada, Prof. Penn, John King, Kevin Welch, & Guru Jemar Carcellar.

The latest students to achieve Levels 1, 2 & 3 (from l to r), Kevin Welch, John King, Nathan Wender, Cameron Winn, & Walter Bogdan

The latest students to achieve Levels 1, 2 & 3 (from l to r), Kevin Welch, John King, Nathan Wender, Cameron Winn, & Walter Bogdan

Grandmaster feeding Cameron during his Level 3 test.

Grandmaster feeding Cameron during his Level 3 test.

Grandmaster feeding Nathan during his Level 3 test.

Grandmaster feeding Nathan during his Level 3 test.

Grandmaster feeding Prof. Penn during his Level 5 test.

Grandmaster feeding Prof. Penn during his Level 5 test.

Dueling Grandmasters, GM Taboada feeding GM Richardson during GM Richardson's Level 5 test.

Dueling Grandmasters, GM Taboada feeding GM Richardson during GM Richardson's Level 5 test.