Taekwondo grading season: students rising to the top

A Taekwondo grading season with Master Michael Barker took place on Jan. 9 at Energy Connection Health and Fitness Ltd., in Fort St. James.

  • Jan. 13, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Master Barker and Vera Poole prepare to grade 18 students at Energy Connection Health & Fitness in Fort St. James.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier


A Taekwondo grading season with Master Michael Barker took place on Jan. 9 at Energy Connection Health and Fitness Ltd., in Fort St. James.

Parents and family members gathered and watched as the students of various ages and levels put their best moves forward.

Barker, from White Rock, B.C. along with instructor and owner of Energy Connection Vera Poole, facilitated the event and the results were positive and even included a few surprises.

Four students double graded two belt levels.

“I’m so proud of my students,” Poole said. “Master Barker was really impressed and the support from parents was phenomenal.”

Energy Connection is part of Northern Taekwondo, a group of schools that Barker himself helped formulate. He is a certified international instructor and examiner and has a 7th degree black belt.

Today, these schools are all members of the Canadian ITF Federation.

For more information about Taekwondo in Fort St. James contact: vnsw@live.ca

Results of the grading season:

White Belts to Yellow Stripe:

Corey Gingrich

Leila Gingrich

Da’Son Larocue

Danton Larocue

Kyleigh Martin

Charlie Oullette

Ellie Oullette

Ian Sam

Yellow Stripe to Yellow Belt:

Klaus Schroeder

Kailum Schroeder

Waydeann Schaper

Yellow Belt to Green Belt: (these students double graded)

Zuri Grondin

Payton Schroeder

Logan McKersie

Green Stripe to Blue Stripe: (this student double graded)

Nikolia Ledgebokoff

Blue Stripe to Blue Belt:

Cassidy MacDougall

Cela West

Fred McKersie




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