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May 2017 Karate Belt Promotion

Sixteen students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their ability to defend themselves against real and imaginary opponents on Thursday May 25th, 2017.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were qualified to be promoted to the next martial arts belt level. These future leaders performed in such a superb manner that each student was promoted.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Chief Instructor 7th Degree Master Black Belt Matt Schmidtke.
May 2017 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Abigail Spurlock-Brown belt,
Michael Hobler-green belt with brown stripe, Jackson Rasmussen-yellow belt, Jrake Denman-purple belt, Ryder Wilson-purple belt
Front row – Liam Sutfin-purple belt, Elsa Nielsen-yellow belt,
Addison Hunt-orange belt, Drew Czerkas-yellow belt, Om Patel-purple belt, Aidan Furinda-yellow belt

 

 

February 2017 Karate Belt Promotion

Fourteen students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their ability to defend themselves against real and imaginary opponents on Thursday February 23rd, 2017.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were qualified to be promoted to the next martial arts belt level. These future leaders performed in such a superb manner that each student was promoted.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Chief Instructor 7th Degree Master Black Belt Matt Schmidtke.
February 2017 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Blake Smith-brown belt, Kyle Smith-brown belt,
Olivia Evon-yellow belt, Grayson Lutz-brown belt with 2 stripes,
Logan Sweeney-orange belt, Taryn Smith-brown belt, Jrake Denman-yellow belt
Front row – Elena Biesboer-yellow belt, Arykah Martin-blue belt,
Sean Sutfin-orange belt, Kolbe Rognruc-green belt, Beau Wild-green belt,
Mason Robenolt-blue belt, Ember Robenolt-blue belt

 

 

October 2016 Karate Belt Promotion

Nineteen students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their ability to defend themselves against real and imaginary opponents on Thursday October 20th, 2016.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were qualified to be promoted to the next martial arts belt level. These future leaders performed in such a superb manner that each student was promoted.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Chief Instructor 7th Degree Master Black Belt Matt Schmidtke.
October 2016 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Hazel Yohn-green belt, Willow Yohn-green belt,
Lauran Adler-green belt, John Beaudin-green belt,
Russel Rago-blue belt with green stripe, Micah McReynolds-green belt
Middle row – Treyden Doescher-orange belt, Alexander Makar-yellow belt, Arykah Martin-purple belt, Taylynn Bell-yellow belt, Frankie Walter-yellow belt, Nicholas Guerra-green belt
Front row – Aneliese Bruch-blue belt, Taylor Schmidtke-green belt,
Everett Barrett-orange belt, Sadie Hlinovsky-orange belt, Logan Bell-yellow belt, Sommer Dixon-yellow belt, Kora Jane Smith-yellow belt

 

 

September 2016 Karate Black Belt Promotion

Eighteen students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their mental understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their physical skills against real and imaginary attackers on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 during a four hour test.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were capable and ready to be promoted to one of the highest levels in the martial arts, that of BLACK BELT.  This is a very noteworthy accomplishment for these students because only the students who demonstrate their mental and physical strength to complete the martial arts program, an average of four years, and this test are able to graduate to the rank of Black Belt and higher.  They successfully verbalized the meaning of those three rules and physically demonstrated their self defense punching, kicking, grappling, and weapons techniques in such a superb manner that they each earned their promotion.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez, 7th Degree Black Belt Master Instructor Matt Schmidtke, and a panel of 14 other Black Belts.

CONGRATULATIONS, BLACK BELTS!
September 2016 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – 1st Degree Black Belts – Lane Adler, Samantha Schmidtke, Cara Holsclaw, Patrick Mullin, Bill Rogers, Mackenzie Szweda, Tori Jax, Liam Arbogast
Middle row – 1st Degree Black Belts – Gennavive Meisel, Kai Shepherd, Vlora Cobaj, Isabella Spurlock, Logan Smith, Trae Metcalf
Front row- 2nd Degree Black Belts Jennifer Yount & Jasmine Shepherd, 3rd Degree Black Belt Steve Anderson
2nd Degree Black Belt Brandon Stebbins
Congratulations, Black Belts !

 

 

August 2016 Karate Belt Promotion

Nineteen students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their ability to defend themselves against real and imaginary opponents on Thursday August 25th, 2016.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were qualified to be promoted to the next martial arts belt level. These future leaders performed in such a superb manner that each student was promoted.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Chief Instructor 7th Degree Master Black Belt Matt Schmidtke.
August 2016 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Macklin Alexander-blue belt, Taryn Smith-green belt,
Aria Rybarczyk-green belt, Blake Smith-green belt, Abigail Spurlock-green belt
Front row – Arykah Martin-orange belt, Olivia Rauch-yellow belt,
Everett Barrett-yellow belt, Jamison Britzke-yellow belt

 

 

May 2016 Karate Belt Promotion

Twenty-three students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their ability to defend themselves against real and imaginary opponents on Thursday May 26th, 2016.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were qualified to be promoted to the next martial arts belt level. These future leaders performed in such a superb manner that each student was promoted.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Chief Instructor 7th Degree Master Black Belt Matt Schmidtke.
May 2016 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Lilus Famiano-orange belt, Liam Arbogast-brown belt with 3 stripes, Mackenzie Szweda-brown belt with 3 stripes, Tory Jax-brown belt with 2 stripes, Sabrina Makowski-orange belt, Daniel Makowski-yellow belt
2nd row – Trae Metcalf-brown belt with 2 stripes, Isabella Spurlock-brown belt with 3 stripes, Kai Shepherd-brown belt with 3 stripes, Ryan Vodak-orange belt,
Damian Wepking-blue belt, Kiera Vodak-orange belt, Nevruz Cobaj-orange belt
Front row – Cody Passehl-brown belt, Jaden Murray-yellow belt,
Asia Murray-orange belt, Nolan Tessman-blue belt with green stripe

 

 

April 2016 Karate Belt Promotion

Fifteen students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their ability to defend themselves against real and imaginary opponents on Thursday April 21st, 2016.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were qualified to be promoted to the next martial arts belt level. These future leaders performed in such a superb manner that each student was promoted.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Chief Instructor 7th Degree Master Black Belt Matt Schmidtke.
April 2016 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Ruby Edgeton-yellow belt, Lilus Famiano-yellow belt,
Sabrina Makowski-yellow belt, Ethan Shrake-brown belt,
Beau Wild-blue belt with green stripe
Front row – Ember Robenolt-orange belt, Mason Robenolt-orange belt,
Gennavive Meisel-brown belt with 3 stripes,
Vlora Cobaj-brown belt with 3 stripes, Asia Murray-yellow belt

 

 

April 2016 Little Ninjas Promotion

Four “Little Ninjas” of the Elite Self Defense Centers were promoted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016.  The Little Ninja program is a detailed curriculum that focuses on improving 4, 5, and 6 year old children’s basic motor and listening skills. They were tested on the eight major skills necessary for participation in any sport or activity;  Focus, Teamwork, Control Balance, Memory, Discipline, Fitness, and Coordination.  These skills will help them enter society with a more confident and enthusiastic outlook.  They will become better students at school, better listeners at home and more ambitious towards the future.  The time between the ages of 4 and 6 are the most important years of a child’s development.  Each Little Ninja superbly demonstrated their physical and mental abilities learned in each of those skills.
The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Black Belt Master Instructor Matt Schmidtke.
April 2016 Elite Little Ninjas Karate Testing

Weston Towns-white with yellow stripe belt,
Drew Czerkas-white with orange stripe belt,
Lydia Wepking-white with purple stripe belt, and
Kora Jane Smith-white with purple stripe belt

 

 

March 2016 Karate Belt Promotion

Marwah Tamim of the Elite Self Defense Centers was honored with a promotion
to 5th Degree Black Belt Master on March 17th, 2016. This is a very noteworthy
accomplishment since she is now among the 5th highest ranking black belts
recognized in all martial arts disciplines, 10th degree being the highest. Master
Marwah Tamim’s diligent study of the martial arts and her superb teaching ability
enabled her to acquire all necessary physical skills and knowledge necessary
for this highly coveted martial arts rank. May she wear it with pride and
distinction. Congratulations Marwah!

March 2016 Elite Senior Black Belt Promotion

From left to right: Master Matt Schmidtke-7th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master Jason Inay, Marwah Tamim-5th Degree Blackbelt, Grand Master Tom Lopez

 

 

February 2016 Karate Belt Promotion

Nineteen students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their ability to defend themselves against real and imaginary opponents on Thursday February 25th, 2016.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were qualified to be promoted to the next martial arts belt level. These future leaders performed in such a superb manner that each student was promoted.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Chief Instructor 7th Degree Master Black Belt Matt Schmidtke.
February 2016 Elite Karate Testing

Back row- Kyle Smith-blue belt with green stripe,
Taryn Smith-blue belt with green stripe, Kayla Pierquet-brown belt,
Wesley Rybarczyk-brown belt, Hunter Mitchell-blue belt with green stripe,
Aria Rybarczyk-blue belt with green stripe, Michael Hobler-blue belt with green stripe
2nd row -Macklin Alexander-yellow belt, Abigail Spurlock-blue belt with green stripe,
Blake Smith-blue belt with green stripe, Ayden Busjahn-purple belt,
Damian Wepking-purple belt, Arika Hutchinson-blue belt,
Karsen Fitzpatrick-green belt with brown stripe
1st row – Mason Robenolt-yellow belt, Ember Robenolt-yellow belt,
Jessica Rogers-purple belt, Aneliese Bruch-purple belt, Lee Benson-purple belt

 

 

December 2015 Karate Belt Promotion

Seven students of the Elite Self Defense Centers demonstrated their understanding of Respect, Self Control, and Self Discipline as well as their ability to defend themselves against real and imaginary opponents on Thursday December 17th, 2015.  They were being tested and evaluated to determine if they were qualified to be promoted to the next martial arts belt level. These future leaders performed in such a superb manner that each student was promoted.

The test was conducted by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Chief Instructor 7th Degree Master Black Belt Matt Schmidtke.

Taylor Schmidtke-blue belt, Cody Passehl-green belt with brown stripe,
Kendra Seering-green belt, Lillian Rogers-blue belt, Nicholas Guerra-blue belt, Damian Wepking-orange belt and (not pictured) Kolbe Rognrud-orange belt

 

 

 

October 2015 Karate Belt Promotion

Back row – Gennavive Meisel-brown belt with 2 stripes,
Wesley Rybarczyk-green belt with brown stripe, Kayla Pierquet-green belt with brown stripe, Michael Hobler-blue belt, Ophelia Swallen-yellow belt, Damian Wepking-yellow belt
Front row – Ayden Busjahn-orange belt, Lee Benson-orange belt, Nolan Tessman-blue belt, Kadon Bruch-green belt with brown stripe, Kolbe Rognrud-yellow belt (not pictured)

 

September 2015 Karate Belt Promotion

First Degree Black Belt Promotion
Back row – Aaron Kamla, Nick Warming, Eli Culbertson,
Amy Pierquet, John Thuesen, Al Victors, Manuel Mendoza,
Teresa Mendoza
Front row- Jayna Mendoza, Nyah Culbertson, Willem Pointon,
Rhyan Cahill, Allison Ahrensmeyer, Lexi Cook, Ethan Radcliff,
Jadon Bruch
Congratulations, Black Belts!

Back row – Micah McReynolds-blue belt, Aria Rybarczyk-purple belt,
Hunter Mitchell-purple belt, Russel Rago-yellow belt, Aleksandar Bjelich-green belt,
Taryn Smith-blue belt, Ethan Shrake-green belt with brown stripe,
Grayson Lutz-green belt with brown stripe
Front row – Ayden Busjahn-yellow belt, Blake Smith-blue belt,
Vlora Cobaj-brown belt with 2 stripes, Isabella Spurlock-brown belt with 2 stripes,
Kyle Smith-blue belt, Lillian Rogers-purple belt, Lee Benson-yellow belt,
Jessica Rogers-orange belt

 

July 2015 Karate Belt Promotion

Back row – Aria Rybarczyk-orange belt, Wesley Rybarczyk-green belt,
Lexi Cook-brown belt with 3 stripes, Allison Ahrensmeyer-brown belt with 3 stripes,
Dakota Pierquet-green belt
1st row – Cody Passehl-green belt, Jayna Mendoza-brown belt with 3 stripes,
Aneliese Bruch-yellow belt, Jessica Rogers-yellow belt

Teresa Mendoza-brown belt with 3 stripes, Amy Pierquet-brown belt with 3 stripes,
Eric Anderson-brown belt, David Meier-orange belt, Matt Passehl-blue belt with green stripe, Patty Passehl-yellow belt

 

 

 

May 2015 Karate Belt Promotion

Back row – Teagan Morris-orange belt, Max Thome-brown belt,
Willem Pointon-brown belt with 3 stripes, Lillian Rogers-yellow belt,
Arika Hutchinson-yellow belt
1st row – Nicholas Guerra-yellow belt, Jayna Mendoza brown belt with 2 stripes,
Logan Morris-orange belt

 

 

 

February 2015 Karate Belt Promotion

February 2015 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Damiam Funmaker-blue belt, Logan Smith-brown belt,
Allison Ahrensmeyer-brown belt 2 stripes, Wesley Rybarczyk-blue belt,
John Beaudin-blue belt, Grayson Lutz-brown belt
2nd row – Nyla Kearns-purple belt, Galen Kearns-purple belt, Gennavive Meisel-brown belt, Nyah Culbertson-brown belt 3 stripes, Isabella Spurlock-brown belt, Vlora Cobaj-brown belt, Taryn Smith-yellow belt
1st row – Kadon Bruch-blue belt with green stripe,
Karsen Fitzpatrick-blue belt with green stripe, Forster Paget-yellow belt,
Genevieve Thomas-yellow belt, Blake Smith-yellow belt, Kyle Smith-yellow belt,
Solei Paget-yellow belt, (not pictured)Micah McReynolds-yellow belt

February 2015 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Al Victors-brown belt 2 stripes, John Thuesen-brown belt 3 stripes,
Evan Lee-brown belt, Eli Culbertson-brown belt
Front row – Joe Perushek-orange belt, Jerry Leis-orange belt, Shannon Shepherd-blue belt, Jasmine Schilling-purple belt

 

 

 

November 2014 Senior Black Belt Promotion

Master Black Belt Instructor Matthew Schmidtke of the Elite Self Defense Centers was honored with a promotion to 7th degree black belt on November 14th, 2014. This is a very noteworthy accomplishment since he is now among the four highest black belt ranks in all martial arts disciplines, 10th degree being the highest. In addition to this promotion he was also awarded Kadua Guro Instructor certification in the Inayan System of Eskrima. Master Schmidtke’s diligent study of the martial arts and his superb teaching ability enabled him to acquire all necessary physical skills and knowledge necessary for these highly coveted martial arts ranks. May he wear them with pride and distinction. The awards were presented by Grand Master Tom Lopez and Grand Master Jason Inay. Both 10th Degree Black Belts and inducted members in numerous Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Congratulations Matt!
November 2014 Elite Senior Karate Testing

 

 

 

November 2014 Karate Belt Promotions

November 2014 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – David Heller-green belt, Kai Shepherd-green with brown stripe belt,
Rhyan Cahill-brown belt with 2 stripes, Aleksandar Bjelich-orange belt,
Maja Bjelich-orange belt, Tory Jax-green belt, Kayla Pierquet-blue belt with green stripe
1st row – Zander Knott-purple belt, Jayna Mendoza-brown belt, Iya Blackwell-yellow belt,
Henry Watson-green belt, Abigail Spurlock-orange belt, Trae Metcalf-green belt,
Landon Elmer-yellow belt, Logan Elmer-yellow belt

November 2014 Elite Karate Testing

Manuel Mendoza-brown belt, Amy Pierquet-brown belt, Jason Bruch-orange belt, Nanette Bruch-orange belt, Matthew Leitner-orange belt, Matthew Stabnow-yellow belt

 

 

 

September 2014 Black Belt Promotion

September 2014 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – John Ewing-1st Degree Black Belt,
Alyssa Hellesen-1st Degree Black Belt,
Colin Fitzpatrick-2nd Degree Black Belt,
Emily Forbush-2nd Degree Black Belt,
Linda Lopez-1st Degree Black Belt
Front row- Brendan Fitzpatrick-2nd Degree Black Belt,
Jennifer Yount- 1st Degree Black Belt,
Shilo Kearns- 2nd Degree Black Belt,
Jasmine Shepherd-1st Degree Black Belt,
Congratulations, Black Belts!

 

 

 

August 2014 Karate Belt Promotions

August 2014 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Jadon Bruch-green belt, Damiam Funmaker-purple belt, Ethan Radcliff-brown belt, Logan Smith-green belt with brown stripe, Isabella Spurlock-green belt with green stripe, Kendra Seering-blue belt with green stripe
1st row – Zander Knott-yellow belt, Nyah Culbertson-brown belt with two stripes,
Gennavive Meisel-green belt with brown stripe, Vlora Cobaj-green belt with brown stripe

August 2014 Elite Karate Testing

Back row – Eric Anderson-green belt, John Ewing-brown belt with three stripes,
Heather Cook-yellow belt
1st row – Alyssa Hellesen-brown belt with three stripes,
Amy Pierquet-green belt with brown stripe, Eli Culbertson-green belt

 

 

 

Baraboo Inayan Seminar
Flexible Weapons and Double Stick Close Quarters Combat
March 20, 2014

 

 

 

January 2014 Karate Belt Promotion

 

 

 

December 2013 Karate Belt Promotions

Back row – Willem Pointon-brown belt, Lauren Lischefski-orange belt,
Lexi Cook-brown belt, Elora Doxtater-orange belt, Nicholas Warming-brown belt,
Christopher Crom-blue belt with green stripe,
Samantha Crom-blue belt with green stripe, Laurence Acevedo-yellow belt
Front row – Gennavive Meisel-green belt, Max Thome-green belt,
Will Tobin-green belt, Vlora Cobaj-green belt, Ethan Shrake-blue belt,
Kai Sheperd-green belt, Riley Brandsma-purple belt

 

Nolan Tessman-white belt with yellow stripe
Kadon Bruch-white belt with purple stripe
Brody Bjorklund-white belt with purple stripe
Beau Wild-white belt with blue stripe
Karsen Fitzpatrick-white belt with green stripe

 

 

 

September 2013 Karate Belt Promotions

Congratulations to the Black Belts Promoted September 14, 2013
Back row – Corin Ewing: 1st Degree Black Belt, Nikita Conway: 2nd Degree Black Belt, Josh Mendoza: 2nd Degree Black Belt, Ezra Kearns: 2nd Degree Black Belt, Jared Rosen: 1st Degree Black Belt
Middle row – Ashley Cornwell: 1st Degree Black Belt, Elizabeth Engevold: 1st Degree Black Belt, Tavin Yount: 1st Degree Black Belt
Front row – Tim Greenway: 3rd Degree Black Belt, Alex Moy: 3rd Degree Black Belt, Rhea Ewing: 2nd Degree Black Belt

Karsen Fitzpatrick-white belt with blue stripe
Beau Wild-white belt with purple stripe

 

 

 

August 2013 Karate Belt Promotions

Back row – Corin Ewing -brown belt with 3 stripes, Jared Rosen-brown belt with 3 stripes,
John Thuesen-blue belt, Al Victors-green belt
Front row – Jennifer Yount-brown belt, Elizabeth Engevold-brown belt with 3 stripes

Sabrina Hartmann-orange belt, Isabella Spurlock-blue belt with green stripe,
Eli Culbertson-yellow belt, Aidan Shulka-purple belt, Hunter Thomsen-purple belt

 

 

 

July 2013 Karate Belt Promotions

 

 

 

May 2013 Karate Belt Promotions

 

 

 

April 2013 Karate Belt Promotions

Congrats to the Black Belts that were promoted to a new Kadena De Mano level.

 

Congratulations to the kids who were promoted with new belts.  Great job!

 

Congrats to the Little Ninjas on their promotion for new belts!