Written by Ian Prior
Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
Are Thomas Rowan, Noah Rubin and Donovan Barcelona budding young superheroes? Could be. By day, they’re students at Munsey Park Elementary. But at night, they don special outfits and sharpen the skills they need to battle the bad guys.
The youngsters don’t possess actual superpowers. But several times a week they do put on sparring gear and practice self defense techniques at Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset. Over the past five years they’ve steadily risen through successive skill levels and received belts of different colors. Finally, several months ago, the boys traveled to New Jersey, along with dozens of other practitioners from the region, to take a sweat-inducing, hours-long test for that martial arts milestone, the black belt. How did they fare? Superbly! All three passed the grueling exam, the Korean self defense system known as Soo Bahk Do, with flying colors. That’s quite an achievement for 10-year-olds with nightly homework and early bedtimes.
Master H.Y. Kwon, head instructor at the Manhasset studio, recently presented the youngsters with their new belts and promotion certificates as their parents looked on with pride. Some older kids were promoted, too. Paul Kim, John Jung and Jay Jung, from Master Kwon’s upstate studio, also became black belts. Duncan Barcelona, Donovan’s big brother, and Alex Garcia, another upstate student, moved up to second degree black belt. And a couple of really big kids (namely adults) rose to third degree: Great Neck resident and NYIT student Crystal Estey and Steve Fishman, a Manhasset businessman specializing in real estate acquisitions.
If you’d like more information on Kwon’s Karate in Manhasset, call 627-1122.