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Olney Testing 12/20/2013

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Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC), 233 E Main St in Olney, hosted its bimonthly rank testing at the school Dec. 20.

The testing also included a celebration of OTC’s 10th anniversary.

At the event, Nicole Klein of Sumner received the provisional black belt rank of 1st degree-recommended black belt. After a minimum of six months, she will test for the permanent rank of 1st degree-decided black belt.

In addition, colored belts receiving promotions as a result of this testing were: Riley Eads, Ophelia Klein and Kyle Rennier to decided red belt; Avery Miller recommended red belt; Alex Davis and Conner Holtz to decided brown belt; Tyler Holtz to recommended brown belt; Shane Elder to advanced blue belt; Lexi Shepherd to blue belt; James Benton and Katrina Marshall to green belt; Tyler Hinkle to advanced yellow belt; Xander Holtz, Tristan Patterson, Aidyn Voyles and Isaac Zwilling to yellow belt; and Kloe Elder and Asher Kurtz to orange belt.

The judging panel consisted of Ryan Marx, 6th degree black belt from Carmi, Junior Master Kevin Roberts, 5th degree black belt from Mattoon, Junior Master Nathan W. Wheatley, 5th degree black belt and OTC chief instructor, and Elizabeth Nash, 3rd degree black belt from Olney. All testing panels must include at least two certified instructors.

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://www.olneytkd.com.

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Wheatley Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt

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ENGLISH, Ind. — Nathan Wheatley of Olney, owner and chief instructor of Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC) in Olney and Princeton Martial Arts in Princeton, Ind., received a promotion to 5th degree black belt here Sept. 20 at Kyumson Taekwondo Alliance (KTA) Black Belt Camp.

Master Jason Wadley, 8th degree black belt from Lake Jackson, Tex. and president of the United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA), headed the testing, with KTA director Master Kevin Roberts, 5th degree black belt from Mattoon, assisting.

“This was the toughest test I’ve ever had,” Wheatley said after the event. “I definitely had to earn this new rank.”

With this promotion, Wheatley also earns the title of junior master.

“It’s a bit surreal to be Master Wheatley,” he said. “I’ve trained for 22 years, and to finally be at this level is very humbling.”

Wheatley, a native of Mt. Carmel, began training in taekwondo in November, 1991, under Master David Foshee, now a 6th degree black belt. He earned his black belt in January, 1995, and has been actively teaching since 1999.

Wheatley came to Olney in 2003 to found his own school, opening Olney Taekwondo Center in December of that year. In 2012, Wheatley expanded to a second location, Princeton Martial Arts in Princeton, Ind.

In addition to his taekwondo training, Wheatley has trained extensively in other martial arts. He currently cross-trains in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kali, and will test for black belt in hapkido in January, 2014.

“I think it’s imperative for an instructor to always be a student,” he said. “My cross training has not only given me more knowledge to impart to my students, it’s taught me more about taekwondo itself.”

Wheatley teaches all classes at Olney Taekwondo Center and Princeton Martial Arts, and looks forward to sharing his increasing knowledge with students.

“Ultimately, everything I do is for them,” he said. “Being a great instructor is my first priority.”

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://www.olneytkd.com.

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