Jiu-Jitsu club's longest-tenured student promoted
The Portage Jiu-Jitsu Club's longest-tenured student was in the spotlight Tuesday night.
Sensei Dave McLennan successfully completed his test for a second-degree black belt, one of three members to achieve the ranking at the Southport Recreation Complex.
"I feel like I'm up on cloud nine," said McLennan.
McLennan first joined the club about 20 years ago, and said remaining dedicated to his training was a major reason he was able to complete the test.
McLennan said he's glad he joined the club, as he fell in love with the martial art right from the get-go.
"It's been pretty good so far," said McLennan, who originally joined the club when a friend invited him along. "I enjoy the people around, especially the head instructor. He's been quite helpful."
Joining McLennan as second-degree black belts were Sensei J.R. Sareault and Sensei Terry Henry.
Meanwhile, Mark Sokolowski was promoted to sensei after becoming a black belt earlier this year.
Other successful tests included Chris Bowman earning his first-degree black belt, Haley L'Heureux, Levi Swaine, Conner Garrioch and Jocelyn Lesage earning their orange belts, and Brody Fraser earning his yellow belt.
For more, please see Wednesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.