From left, Thomas Morrison of Hopkinton, Mike Hornung of Brasher Falls, Nick Hunter of Norwood and Robert Gray of Heuvelton.
BRASHER FALLS -- Four locals recently achieved black belt promotions following a special training session at Adirondack Martial Arts.
Thomas Morrison of Hopkinton was promoted to sixth degree black belt in combat hapkido. He also holds a fifth degree black belt in kukkiwon taekwondo.
Mike Hornung of Brasher Falls was promoted to third degree black belt in combat hapkido. He also holds a fourth degree black belt in aikido.
Nick Hunter of Norwood was promoted to first degree black belt in combat hapkido. He also holds a second degree black belt in taekwondo.
Robert Gray of Heuvelton was promoted to seventh degree black belt in combat hapkido. He also holds a sixth degree black belt in kukkiwon taekwondo.
Topics at the training session included foot traps, self defense drills with multiple options, and level of force usage.
All combat hapkido rank is issued through the International Combat Hapkido Federation. The International Combat Hapkido Federation was founded in 1992 by John Pellegrini. It is a Hapkido-based modern martial art that focuses on practical self defense. Classes are offered at Adirondack Martial Arts in Brasher Falls on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6 p.m.