Four Martial Artists Reach New Belt Levels at College Event

Published 11.25.2015


Penn College martial arts coach George T. Vance Jr., a part-time faculty member in fitness and lifetime sports, demonstrates.Penn College's John B. Preine (left), of Philadelphia, and teammate Eric M. Russell.Seminar attendees practice en masseHunter D. Gibson (left) and Carlos A. Ramos-SoneraHard work and dedication paid dividends for several members of the Penn College Martial Arts Club as the college hosted a belt promotion on Saturday. Penn College students joined their counterparts from Lycoming College, Bucknell University, Nittany Shotokan and Bath, New York, in a training seminar and test. Eric M. Russell, of Mill Hall; Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York; and Hunter D. Gibson, of Carlisle; all earned a full-step promotion and are purple belts. Alton "A.J." Hinson, of Pottsville, also moved up a full step to earn his green belt. Next for the club is a training camp and tournament at Penn College in February.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer