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When is the next exam?

The next exam is on
Tuesday, December 14

Get busy and get ready:
practice at the park,
practice at home.

The martial arts promotion exam is the standard method to advance through the rank levels towards black belt. Basically, participants are required to demonstrate the required techniques for each rank. Other considerations include quality and time of training for the preceding three months, participation in demonstrations, and passing at least five tip tests.


At my taekwondo classes, I learned that everyone should help each other. By sharing our goodwill, all of the MSMAP participants learn to step up and act.

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Vitaliy Tveritin
2014 & 2018 Black Belt
(Began 2008)


Vitaliy’s Story

Vitaliy began training shortly after our expansion in 2008 as a bright-eyed, enthusiastic 7-year-old kid.

Between soccer, school, church, and family (not necessarily in that order of priority), he committed to a consistent training schedule for years. Notably, he exceeded every challenge he encountered from sparring to testing. He received his 1st degree black belt in 2014 and his 2nd degree in 2018.

He graduated high school in 2019 with a 4.+ GPA and is currently attending the Oregon Institute of Technology with a double major.

I want to be a safe person to be around. I like to find the diplomatic solution as the way to work things out. I’d rather make friends than enemies.

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Griffin Hough
2010 Black Belt
(Began 2001)


Griffin’s Story

Griffin was 6 when he began training in 2001 as one of the first students of our program. He and his father were familiar faces for many, many years and usually the first to arrive for training. Griffin was always present for training, fundraising, competitions, and other special events.

He received his black belt in 2010 at age 15. His mother remembers his first day at MSMAP (“a bit apprehensive and unsure”) compared to how much he grew at the time of his exam (“a young man who was confident and proud of his accomplishments”).

Griffin served a role-model for many other kids including Vitaliy before moving to Chico, CA for his junior year of high school in 2011.

2012 Taekwondo Promotion Exam
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