Logan Knobbe of West Point earned his 1st degree black belt in ATA Taekwondo Dec. 14.
Knobbe has been taking karate since fourth grade. He is now an eighth grader at West Point-Beemer Jr. Sr. High School.
He started with Tang Soo Do karate in Dubuque, Iowa, as a white belt under the direction of Master David Schmitt, 7th Degree Black Belt, with the Dubuque Karate Club.
When his family moved to West Point in December of 2011, there were no Tung Soo Dojos in the area, so Knobbe transitioned into ATA Taekwondo in Fremont under the direction of Dave Talbert, 3rd degree black belt, with Pro Kicks.
Knobbe started with Pro Kicks one year ago as a purple belt and had to learn the different moves and stances with Taekwondo. He took advancement tests about every three to four months.
He earned his black belt by doing an agility test, writing an essay, and learning and performing the requirements of four different colored belt levels: white, brown, red and blue. He also had to perform a self defense move, break a board, and spar with black belts.
Knobbe earned his black belt at the Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center alongside of 160 other karate students under Senior Master Kassebaum’s training.
Logan can now train with the other black belts in his karate school to go for his 2nd degree black belt.