Kyle Rennier Earns Black Belt and Competitor of the Year
Kyle Rennier, 9, of Noble, a student at Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC), successfully tested for and received 1st degree black belt at a rank testing here Dec. 20.
Also, Kyumson Taekwondo Alliance (KTA) director Master Kevin Roberts presented Rennier with the 2014 KTA Competitor of the Year award during the testing.
“Kyle is the perfect example of a true martial artist,” Roberts said after the presentation. “He has an excellent attitude, and I can’t think of a more worthy recipient of this award.”
Rennier, a 4th grade student at West Richland Elementary School, joined OTC in 2010 at age 5 and has trained continuously since then. He tested in front of a black belt testing panel including: Master Roberts, 5th degree black belt from Mattoon; Master Nathan Wheatley, OTC chief instructor and 5th degree black belt; Master Bill Feltt, 5th degree black belt from Charleston; and Elizabeth Nash, OTC trainee instructor and 3rd degree black belt.
Rennier has had success in several area tournaments. Most recently, after qualifying at a regional tournament in Wilton, IA in April, he competed in November for national champion at United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA) Grand Nationals in Plano, TX.
As Olney’s only dedicated martial arts training facility, OTC strives to provide quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering programs in traditional taekwondo, mixed martial arts (MMA), self-defense and KickFit adult cardio. All of OTC’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. OTC is located at 233 E. Main St., across from Arcadia Cinemas, and can be reached at 392-3800 or http://OlneyTKD.com.
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