Sallee’s Family Taekwondo conducted color and black belt testing Aug. 3 at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in Hodgenville.
Randall Sallee Jr., a fourth-degree black belt in Songham Taekwondo, and a long-time member of the American Taekwondo Association is the school’s owner. Sallee, who also owns a school in Campbellsville, brings both of his schools’ students together for this outdoor event each year.
During testing the students are evaluated on their knowledge of the history of the American Taekwondo Association, forms, self-defense techniques, sparring techniques and various weapons forms, depending on their current rank.
Michael McCary, 35, of Hodgenville received his first-degree black belt.
Also receiving a first-degree black belt were father and daughter, Patrick Hall, 40, and Cheyenne Hall, 11; and Abbie Riggins, 11, all of the Campbellsville school.
At the conclusion of the testing the students and their family and friends had a chance to relax, enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs cooked on the grill and ice cold watermelon grown in Sallee’s garden.
The meal was followed by activities for the kids, both young and old, consisting of a sack race, a three-legged sack race, a marshmallow eating contest to see who could eat the most marshmallows in a minute, and a watermelon seed spitting contest.