Andy Palacpac became 1st Degree blacbelt in currently the most impressive way possible. Andy shows great technical ability, excellent jumping skills, and good intelligence in sparring. However, during his first Degree exam he suffered a terrible injury, he dislocated his shoulder while sparring. Knowing he still had the most demanding stages of the grading to follow (power tests, jumping kick tests, self defence, 1 step sparring) he chose to show excellent perseverence and strap his arm to his chest and continue his grading 1 handed.
He was promoted to 1st Degree by Master Russell Dennis VII and is an excellent example of what it takes to become a Blackbelt.
Andy injury was so bad that he has spent much of time recently in rehabilitation but after a recent operation he is well on his way to regaining full use of his arm.