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Kootenay Martial Arts celebrates 15 years of building future leaders

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
November 13th, 2016

The Kootenay Martial Arts recently celebrated its 15thyear in Nelson with a Board Breaking Exam and Graduation at the new facility on Lakeside Drive.

Kootenay Martial Arts has been supporting the community, building future leaders through martial arts for more than a decade.

This grad class will surpass 100 the number of students promoted to 1st Dan since Master Dean Siminoff first created this school.

At this time, the students from Nelson, Junction and Castlegar will be testing for black belt levels include Stacy Devries, Emma Saville, Nathan Croston, Sasha Semenick

Marilou Smith, Laurie Snowdon, Caleb Kavaloff, Robin Robertson, Bryce Sheloff, Aaron Postnikoff, Leslie Vissers and Isaac Vissers.

The 12 students in all ranging in ages from 12 to 64 . . . nine new 1st Dan and three new 2nd Dan,” said Master Dean Siminoff.

“This is a big day for these students that have been training for four or more years,” Siminoff added.

The Kootenay Martial Arts is a member school of the USCDKA represented by Sr. Grandmaster BJ Sell, the highest-ranking female in the world of TKD.

Master Siminoff, a certified Chief Master Instructor and owner of KMA is a 6th Dan World Taekwondo Federation black belt registered with the Kukkiwon in Korea. 

There are only 130 registered 6thDan holders in all of Canada.

Kootenay Martial Arts is also a founding school of part of the global justice movement.


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