Rambler Students News

Rambler Students News
Rambler Students News

Rambler Students News - 2017

Belt Advancements, August 5, 2017

On Saturday, August 5, youth student S. White received his gold belt and an outstanding testing student trophy, and youth students M. Berry, S. Berry, V. Berry, C. Bruno, B. Huntley, S. Mansaray, C. Martin, and I. Sanchez received their white belts. Adult student A. Bruno received her white belt. Another special day for Rambler students!

Belt Advancements and New Gold Belt Captain, July 22, 2017

On July 22, C. Buckson (top scorer), P. Buckson (top scorer), E. Giron, C. Guzman, M. Hanson, N. Lopez, S. Murillo (top scorer), J. Powell, and J. Turpin received both their new gold belts and a trophy each to mark an impressive group belt test. A. Ngansi and C. Ngansi graduated to purple belts. Last but not least, M. Phillips was named as a new gold belt captain. Quite a Saturday!

Belt Advancements, July 1, 2017

We have new purple and blue belts! On Saturday, July 1, youth students D. Jenifer, A. Martinez, and M. Smith received their blue belts. Adult students A. Banks-Jones and H. Jenifer received their purple and blue belts, respectively. All well-deserved.

Belt Advancements, June 3, 2017

J. Brown, J. Depeazer, A. Jovel, M. Mason, J. Mhina, A. Suor, and M. Wright received their white belts on Saturday, June 3. Congratulations are in order!

True Guts Award for Injured Rambler Student, May 27, 2017

K. Champion received the True Guts Award from Dr. Thomas and the Ramblers, who did their best to cheer him up when he and his mother stopped by class on Saturday, May 27. He had unexpected hip surgery and will be out for several months. He is determined to return to class. That's the spirit! Get well soon, Rambler.

New Gold Belt Captain, May 27, 2017

  • New Gold Belt Captain, May 27, 2017

K. Crespin was named a new gold belt captain on Saturday, May 27. Well-deserved!

Belt Advancements, May 20, 2017

Adult student L. Jackson-Taylor and youth student K. Taylor were mother and son recipients of their gold and green belts, respectively, on Saturday, May 20. Good job both of you!

Belt Advancements, May 13, 2017

On Saturday, May 13, youth student C. Rivas received his green belt. Adult students A. Seo, C. Spence, J. Suor, and S. Suor received their gold belts. Congratulations on your achievements!

Adult Rambler Student Gives Birth to Beautiful Baby Girl, May 11, 2017

On Thursday, May 11, at 1:16 a.m., Rambler adult student Jasmin Adease gave birth to her first child, Kaleigh Louise Adease. She weighed in at 7 lbs., 8.8 oz. Mrs. Adease is recovering well from the birth and she and her husband Kofi are overjoyed with this precious addition to their family. She hopes to rejoin the Ramblers and get back to classes as soon as she can. Congratulations from the Rambler family!

Rambler Student Announces College Plans, May 6, 2017

  • Rambler Student Announces College Plans, May 6, 2017

Treshawn Parker came by to visit Dr. Thomas and the Ramblers to announce that he will attend Bowie State University in September 2017. Congratulations and the best of luck in your higher education plans and your future career!

2015 - 2016 Honor Role Students, April 29, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, Dr. Thomas awarded $30 each to brown belts and honor roll students E. Hernandez, E. Martinez, and A. Seemangal, and to underbelts A. Hernandez, E. Hernandez, K. Hogue, A. Jackson, C. Jackson, A. Ngansi, C. Ngansi, J. Payne, E. Phillips, M. Phillips, J. Powell, D. Romero, M. Smith, and H. Spence. These students were on the honor roll all four advisories in school year 2015 - 2016. We're very proud of you!

Belt Advancements, April 8, 2017

C. Guzman, Z. Searles, S. Murillo, K. Richardson, Jr., K. Champion, G. Toro, I. Simmons, N. Lopez Escobar, Carl Wilson II, and R. Smith received their white belts on Saturday, April 8. Outstanding students all!

New Gold Belt Captains, April 1, 2017

Dr. Thomas named E. Hernandez, K. Hogue, and M. Senatus as new gold belt captains on Saturday, April 1. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, February 4, 2017

We have four new white belts! Congratulations to A. Abdelaziz-Dorsey, I. Simmons, E. Terry, and M. Williams.

Belt Advancements, January 28, 2017

Youth students A. Benitez, D. Benitez, K. Crespin, E. Hernandez, K. Hogue, J. Payne, E. Phillips, J. Phillips, M. Phillips, M. Senatus, and A. Sobo received their gold belts, and A. Hernandez, A. Palacios (outstanding student), D. Romero, and H. Spence received their green belts on Saturday, January 28. Dr. Thomas remarked that this was one of his best overall testing groups. A. Jackson, N. Jackson, and B. Sobo were proud to be named new gold-belt captains filling vacancies left by three students who moved up to green-belt level. Congratulations to all of you! Mrs. Seemangal surprised the new gold and green belts and the newly-appointed gold belt captains with cupcakes to celebrate. Mr. and Mrs. Palacios treated everyone with pizza and drinks after the belts were awarded and the advanced class finished for the day. We really appreciate our generous Rambler famiily! 

Rambler Students News - 2016

Belt Advancements, December 10, 2016

Youth students C. Buckson, P. Buckson, S. Carter, M. Hanson, J.-P. Luna, E. Manzur, D. Ramos-Hernandez, and J. Turpin received their white belts on Saturday, December 10. Good job, everyone!

Belt Advancements, October 15, 2016

Youth students G. Azuine, M. Azuine, N. Azuine, P. Azuine, S. Azuine, H. Bullock, X. Bullock, T. Davis, G. Gordon, J. Johnson, S. Johnson, S. Mullings, and M. Paire received their white belts on Saturday, October 15. S. White, a three-year-old student, also received a special trophy for his courage and his marked progress in our challenging program. Outstanding adult students A. Arias Ventura, A. Seo, J. Suor, and S. Suor received their white belts as well. A good day for everyone!

Belt Advancement, September 3, 2016

Youth student K. Scott (outstanding student) received her white belt on Saturday, September 3. Good job!

Belt Advancements, August 20, 2016

Youth students A. Benitez, D. Benitez, S. Fronek, A. Mebrahtu, N. Mebrahtu, and B. Reyes-Herrera received their white belts on Saturday, August 20. Congratulations, especiallly to B. Reyes-Herrera, who takes classes with the adults and received the adult white belt with a black stripe.

Belt Advancement, July 2, 2016

New youth student J. Calderon (outstanding student) received his white belt on Saturday, July 2. Good job!

Belt Advancements, June 25, 2016

New youth students E. Ambrosio, J. Ambrosio, D. Claudan, C. Paire, R. Pavon, E. Phillips, J. Phillips, M. Phillips (outstanding student), D. Robert, A. Santos (outstanding student), S. Santos, and E. Waller (outstanding student) received their white belts on Saturday, June 25. Congratulations to a great class!

Belt Advancements, June 11, 2016

Youth students D. Cabrera, M. Hernandez, C. Jackson (outstanding student), A. Ngansi, and C. Ngansi (outstanding student) and adult students J. Adease and A. Banks-Jones received their green belts on Saturday, June 11. A proud moment for all!

Belt Advancement and New Gold Belt Captain, June 4, 2016

K. Taylor (outstanding student) received his gold belt and A. Palacios was named as a new gold belt captain on Saturday, June 4. Great job!

Belt Advancements, May 28, 2016

A. Adetula (outstanding student), T. Adetula, C. Agoh (outstanding student), J. Gamero, A. Jackson, N. Jackson, A. Perez (outstanding student), J. Powell, B. Sobo, and T. Sobo  received their gold belts on Saturday, May 28. A proud moment for everyone!

Belt Advancement, May 7, 2016

C. Zamora received his white belt on Saturday, May 7. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, April 23, 2016

K. Crespin, E. Hernandez, K. Hogue, V. Lockhart, M. Lowery, D. Rudd, M. Senatus, J. Tolver, and S. White received their white belts on Saturday, April 23. Good job!

New Gold Belt Captain, April 9, 2016

S. Olowe was named a new gold belt captain on Saturday, April 9. Congratulations!

New Gold Belt Captain, April 2, 2016

A. Asson, Jr., was named a new gold belt captain on Saturday, April 2. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, February 27, 2016

N. Agoh, C. Espana, A. Fleishman, and N. Fleishman received their white belts on Saturday, February 27. Bravo!

New Gold Belt Captains, February 20, 2016

A. Hernandez, C. Rivas, D. Romero, and H. Spence-Romero were named gold-belt captains on Saturday, February 20. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, February 6, 2016

M. Rodriguez received his white belt on Saturday, February 6. Excellent!

Belt Advancements, January 30, 2016

Youth student A. Palacios (outstanding student) and adult student J. Adease received their gold belts on Saturday, January 30. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, January 2, 2016

N. Jackson received his white belt on Saturday, January 2. Good job!

Rambler Students News - 2015

Belt Advancements, December 26, 2015

D. Douglas, D. Harris, D. Hernandez, D. Irias, A. Perez, J. Perez, T. Sobo, K. Taylor, T. Torrico-Lopez, A. Yearwood, B. Yearwood, B. Yearwood, and B. Yearwood received their white belts on Saturday, December 26. Good work!

Belt Advancements, November 14, 2015

L. Gamero received her purple belt on Saturday, November 14. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, October 24, 2015

C. Agoh, J. Clark, E. Cruz, R. Cruz, I. Diallo, E. Hollis, C. Jenkins, K. McPherson II, J. Morse, B. Placido, D. Placido, J. Pratt, C. Serrano, D. Serrano, and J. Serrano received their white belts on Saturday, October 24. Nice job!

Belt Advancements, September 19, 2015

J. Pacheco-Ramirez received his white belt on Saturday, September 19. Good work!

Belt Advancements, September 12, 2015

A. Mendez received his purple belt on Saturday, September 12. Great work from a student leader!

Belt Advancements and 2014-2015 School Year Honor Roll Awards

  • Belt Advancements and 2014-2015 School Year Honor Roll Awards

What a special day for the Ramblers at Bladensburg Community Center on Saturday, August 29! J. Estrada, E. Giron, E. Jones, C. Luque, J. Luque, D. Miles, K. Ocampo, M. Ocampo, P. Omasere, J. Payne, S. Quiroz, M. Rodriguez, A. Sobo, and B. Sobo received their white belts and trophies. Youth students A. Belt, C. Guzman (true guts award), D. Jenifer (outstanding student) and his brother D. Jenifer, A. Martinez, and M. Smith received their purple belts. Adult student A. Cabrera received his green belt and H. Jenifer received his purple belt. Dr. Thomas awarded S. Albert, A. Belt, A. Jackson, C. Jackson, J. Luque, A. Mendez, A. Ngansi, C. Ngansi, O. Olowe, P. Omasere, J. Payne, M. Rodriguez, M. Smith, and B. Sobo $20 each for having been on the honor roll all four quarters of the 2014-2015 school year. He gave E. Hernandez and A. Hornberger $20 each for being junior instructors during that time. Before he left for his second year at Northwestern University, Dr. Thomas awarded J. Martinez $100. The organization distributed a total of $420 to support the education of the Rambler students. Two special guests dropped by to help celebrate these many accomplishments--Maryland Senator Victor Ramirez and Bladensburg Town Council Member Trina Brown. A photo of the honor roll students with Dr. Thomas and Senator Ramirez is found below.

Belt Advancements, August 22, 2015

B. Potts received his second-brown belt on Saturday, August 22. Looks good on him!

Belt Advancements, August 15, 2015

A. Hornberger received her red belt, E. Hernandez and E. Martinez received their second-brown belts, and A. Seemangal received his first-brown belt on Saturday, August 15. Our advanced belts are good student instructors who have worked hard to earn these new belts!

New Gold Belt Captain, July 25, 2015

Katherine Romero-Alvarado was named gold belt captain on Saturday, July, 25. Well-deserved!

Belt Advancements, July 11, 2015

C. Esters III, G. Esters, R. Esters, and D. Magruder received their white belts on Saturday, July 11. Terrific!

Belt Advancements, June 27, 2015

On Saturday, June 27, youth students K. Alexander II, J. Davis (outstanding student), J. Davis (his brother), K. Mac-Johnson, U. Mac-Johnson (outstanding student), A. Palacios (outstanding student), D. Robinson (outstanding student), and J. Smallwood received their white belts. Adult student K. Johnson received his white belt. Congratulations to everyone!

Belt Advancements, May 30, 2015

Youth students A. Asson Jr. (outstanding male student), E. Kilgore (outstanding female student), O. Olowe, D. Romero, K. Romero, and H. Spence received their gold belts on Saturday, May 30. Adult student A. Banks-Jones (outstanding student) received his gold belt. Good job, all of you!

Belt Advancements and New Gold Belt Captains, May 9, 2015

On Saturday, May 9, T. Hughes, Jr., received his white belt. S. Albert, A. Hernandez, A. Ngansi, and C. Ngansi were named gold-belt captains. Way to go!

Belt Advancements and New Gold Belt Captains, May 2, 2015

On Saturday, May 2, youth students P. Cates, C. Crusoe III, D. Gatlin, F. Kilpatrick, H. Kilpatrick, E. Hernandez Morales, J. Hernandez Morales, M. Romero, N. Romero, T. Romero, and J. Ward received their white belts. G. Bravo-Martinez, D. Cabrera, and M. Hernandez were named gold-belt captains. Adult student D. Woodrup received his white belt. Congratulations to everyone!

Belt Advancements, March 7, 2015

N. Allen, W. Cameron, A. Carbajal, E. Chacon-Martinez, H. Chacon-Martinez, J. Gamero-Martinez, A. Hughes, A. Jackson, S. Kole-James, L. Olivo, E. Padila, J. Phelps, K. Romero-Alvarado, D. Romero-Nunez, H. Spence Romero, and A. Sulimani received their white belts on Saturday, March 7. There's a lot of talent in this new group of white belts!

New Gold Belt Captain, February 28, 2015

Collin Jackson was named a new gold belt captain on Saturday, February 28. Way to go!

Belt Advancements February 7, 2015

Saturday, February 7, was a big day for the Ramblers. Youth students S. Albert, M. Bellamy, G. Bravo-Martinez, U. Bravo-Martinez, D. Cabrera, A. Hernandez, M. Hernandez (outstanding student), A. Ngansi, C. Ngansi (outstanding student), C. Rivas, and J. Umana received their gold belts, and S. Smith received his green belt. Adult students A. Cabrera and K. Cox received their gold belts and J. Rincon-Cruz received his green belt. Congratulations to all of you!

Belt Advancements January 10, 2015

Youth students A. Asson, Jr., H. Knott, D. and D. Herrera (sisters), and D. Sesay received their white belts, and adult student A. Banks-Jones received his white belt on Saturday, January 10. Congratulations!

Rambler Students News - 2014

Belt Advancements, November 22, 2014

N. Myrie received his white belt on Saturday, November 22. Good job!

Belt Advancements, November 15, 2014

Youth students J. Albayero, G. Bravo-Martinez, K. Cruz, J. Fitch, E. Kilgore, and A. Osorio-Martinez received their white belts on Saturday, November 15. Adult student A. Cabrera also received his white belt. Bravo!

Belt Advancements, September 20, 2014

Youth students H. Offord, K. Offord, J. Powell (male; outstanding student), and J. Powell (female) received their white belts, and adult student A. Ramirez received her white belt on Saturday, September 20. Way to go!

New Gold Belt Captains, August 9, 2014

A. Rincon and L. Rincon were named female gold-belt captains on Saturday, August 9. Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, August 2, 2014

J. Smith and D. Spirtovic received their green belts on Saturday, August 2. Well-deserved!

Belt Advancements, July 26, 2014

B. Bautista, D. Bautista, J. Cole, L. Contreras-Flores, K. Cunningham, K. Forges, A. Hernandez, M. Johnson, O. Olowe, C. Rivas, and E. Umana received their white belts on Saturday, July 26. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, June 7, 2014

Z. Akinseye and J. Xavier received their white belts on Saturday, June 7. Good work!

Belt Advancements, May 24, 2014

M. Amaya-Hernandez, M. Bellamy, B. Bonilla, D. Cabrera, A. Davidson, G. Hall, A. Martinez-Vargas, D. Mason, I. Mosby, A. Percival, B. Percival, S. Vargas, and G. Vidal-Herrera received their white belts on Saturday, May 24. Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, April 19, 2014

Z. Kennedy received his white belt on Saturday, April 19. Excellent!

Belt Advancements, April 12, 2014

D. Moscoso received his white belt on Saturday, April 12. Good job!

Belt Advancements, April 5, 2014

S. Albert, B. Moscoso, I. Mumuney, R. Mumuney, T. Robertson, J. Umana, J. Valentine, E. Wright, and J. Wright received their white belts on Saturday, April 5. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, March 22, 2014

Adult student K. Cox received his white belt on Saturday, March 22. Congratulations!

Rambler Student Performs in Town of Bladensburg 9th Annual Black History Month Celebration, Bladensburg, Maryland, March 2, 2014

The commitment to and the participation of the Rambler organization in the community is strong, including in important events in Bladensburg. This was apparent in the Town of Bladensburg's 9th Annual Black History Month Celebration, held on March 2 at Publick Playhouse, that focused on the War of 1812 and particularly on African American contributions. The event featured a multicultural and multiracial group of young people and "seasoned" citizens, and included readings about African Americans who served during the war; readings of poetry selections written by African American authors; several performances of song, dance, and instrumental selections; and a scripture reading and prayers. The musical performances culminated in two violin selections from the Ramblers' own Adrian Seemangal (Bladensburg Mayor Walter James referred to him fondly as "Dr. Adrian"). Mr. Seemangal is a talented young man who attends William Wirt Middle School and is very involved in the school's music programs as well as an academic high achiever.

Belt Advancements, February 8, 2014

N. Ashe-Moncet, Z. Ashe-Moncet, U. Bravo-Martinez, H. Chevez, Y. Chevez, K. Clark, and B. Moscoso received their white belts on Saturday, February 8. Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, February 1, 2014

K. Burns and A. Waters received their purple belts and L. Jolo, J. Terry (female), and J. Terry (male) received their green belts on Saturday, February 1. Way to go!

Belt Advancements, January 25, 2014

Adult student G. Duncan received his red belt on Saturday, January 25; he accomplished this while on holiday break from college. Youth students E. Dolores, T. Fauntroy, V. Morgan, A. Porter, A. Rincon, and L. Rincon also received their gold belts. Good job, everyone!

Belt Advancements, January 18, 2014

Adult students J. Rincon-Cruz and Y. Swindell received their gold and green belts, respectively, on Saturday, January 18. Well-deserved!

Rambler Students News - 2013

Belt Advancements, December 14, 2013

K. Fenderson, R. Guzman-Vivar, E. Harris, J. Hernandez, S. Jordan, D. Lee, A. Ngansi, and C. Ngansi received their white belts on Saturday, December 14. Brandon Potts received his red belt. Good work!

Belt Advancements, November 2, 2013

Saturday, November 2, was an eventful day for several students who achieved their next-level belts. The Rambler family was truly honored to have Professor Bruce Goodwin, Dr. Thomas' esteemed colleague, as a guest for this belt advancement ceremony. For the youth, J. Moore received his white belt; M. Davis and A. Seemangal their second-brown belts; and J. Martinez his first-brown belt. Adult students also received their next-level belts: E. Thompson her blue belt; B. Bonilla, E. Sanders, and L. Sanders their red belts; and J. Sanders and M. Sanders their first-brown belts.(See the group photos on the Belt Advancement Photos page--it was truly a special occasion for the Sanders family!) Dr. Thomas is proud of all his students and particularly pleased with the progress of his advanced first-brown belts who will begin a dedicated period of training for their rigorous black belt tests. Congratulations to everyone!

Belt Advancements, October 19, 2013

On Saturday, October 19, J. Ahkibula, T. Fauntroy, E. Gore, R. Hooper, L. Martinez, Z. McGill, T. Ray, and R. Sarvis received their white belts. Outstanding!

Belt Advancements, September 21, 2013

E. Edako and M. Edako received their white belts on Saturday, September 21. Good job!

Belt Advancements, September 14, 2013

L. Reid received her green belt, and E. Hernandez and E. Martinez received their red belts on Saturday, September 14. Those belts look good on all of you!

Belt Advancements, September 7, 2013

Adult students H. Jenifer and A. Patton received their green belts on Saturday, September 7. Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, August 31, 2013

On Saturday, August 31, C. Jackson, S. Siewert, and D. Spirtovic received their gold belts, and A. Belt, L. Gamero, D. Givens, C. Guzman, D. and D. Jenifer, A. Martinez, and A. Mendez received their green belts. Good work!

Belt Advancements, August 24, 2013

A. Adetula, I. Adetula, C. Maiga, V. Morgan, A. Rincon, and L. Rincon received their white belts on Saturday, August 24. Congratulations!

New Gold-Belt Captains, August 10, 2013

D. Jenifer, A. Mendez, and L. Reid were named new gold-belt captains on Saturday, August 10.

Belt Advancements, July 29, 2013

On Saturday, July 29, J. Argueta, A. Medrano (outstanding student), and A. Porter received their white belts. Job well done!

Belt Advancements, July 20, 2013

Adult student N. Arnold received his white belt on Saturday, July 20. Youth students C. Leonard and J. Leonard received their gold belts before their return to Phoenix, Arizona, where they live most of the year. Dr. Thomas gave them special recognition for coming back to the Rambler family each summer when they come to visit with local area family members. Good job all around!

Belt Advancements, July 13, 2013

K. Jackson received his white belt on Saturday, July 13. Congratulations!

Graduation News, June 2013

Congratulations to two former, longtime Rambler students! Quinn and Julius Armstrong graduate this year, older sister Quinn from Bowie State University and younger brother Julius from Duval High School. Dr. Thomas is proud of them for their accomplishments scholastically and in martial arts, and he wishes them well in their future endeavors. Once a Rambler, always a Rambler!

Belt Advancements, May 18, 2013

J. Dagbe and Y. Sangare received their white belts on Saturday, May 18. Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, May 4, 2013

On Saturday, May 4, E. Dolores, E. Dukes, C. Garcia, C. Molina-Medel, J. Oakcrum, and A. Taiwo received their white belts. Good job everyone!

Belt Advancements, April 13, 2013

J. Smith received his white belt on Saturday, April 13. Good job!

Belt Advancements, March 9, 2013

On Saturday, March 9, J. Auguste, J. Hercules, C. Jackson, B. Rogers, and A. Williams received their white belts. J. Terry (female) was named gold belt captain and received her captain's belt. White and gold belts in the advanced class received stripes on their belts. Congratulations to everyone!

Belt Advancements, March 2, 2013

K. Kakay received his gold belt and rank achievement certificate on Saturday, March 2. In addition, A. Belt was named as head captain of the gold belts and received her captain's belt. Good job!

Belt Advancements, February 9, 2013

Congratulations to D. Jenifer and D. Jenifer (brothers), Z. Johnson (named outstanding student), H. Jolo and L. Jolo (brothers), A. Mendez (named outstanding student), F. Moreno, L. Reid, S. Romualdo (named outstanding student), S. Smith (named outstanding student), and D. Wilson and D. Wilson (brother and sister) for receiving their gold belts on Saturday, February 9, after a tough test last Saturday. They received their Ramblers rank achievement certificates with their changes of belt. In addition, L. Gamero, D. Givens, J. Lancaster, A. Martinez, and S. Pope were named gold belt captains and received their captain belts. It was a special day for the Ramblers, and Dr. Thomas appreciates the Rambler family for being patient during this traditional martial arts ceremony that takes place each time students test and move to a new belt level, and the students for supporting their team members in their notable achievements.

Rambler Student Leads the Way for Rogers Heights Elementary School's Science Bowl Competition, January 17, 2013

A. Seemangal, a longtime Rambler student who attends sixth grade at Rogers Heights Elementary School in Bladensburg, has shown that he leads by example both as a Rambler and in school. He is the captain for the school's team competing in the Science Bowl. Under his leadership, he and his teammates qualified for the final seminfinal berth of the 2012-2013 Science Bowl, defeating Cesar Chavez Elementary School by a decisive score of 330-110. The Gazette reported that this is the first time the team has made it to the semi-final round in at least several years. To see photos of the team and to read about the event in the January 17 Prince George's Gazette, the link to the online version is provided below.

Belt Advancements, January 12, 2013

C. Bolden, J. Bolden, B. Cari?o, and D. Spirtovic received their white belts on Saturday, January 12. Congratulations!

Rambler Students News - 2012

Belt Advancements, November 17, 2012

On Saturday, November 17, I. Ardrey, M.-M. Chichester, M. Daniels, O. Perez, S. Siewert, C. Ukpabia, O. Ukpabia, and S. Ukpabia received their white belts. Good job!

Belt Advancements, October 20, 2012

M. Brehm received his white belt on Saturday, October 20. Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, September 22, 2012

On Saturday, September 22, youth students H. Flores-Sorto (named outstanding student), I. Flores-Sorto, L. Reid, A. Vargas-Garcia, and R. Vargas-Garcia (named outstanding student) received their white belts. Adult student H. Jenifer also received his white belt. Congratulations, everyone!

Belt Advancements, September 8, 2012

On Saturday, September 8, adult students H. Chang and J. Chang received their gold belts. Youth no-belt students H. Jolo and L. Jolo received their white belts. Those new belts look good on you!

Belt Advancements, August 4, 2012

D. Thomas, a youth student, received his green belt on Saturday, August 4. M. Sanders, transitioning from youth to adult student as she heads off to college, received her second-brown belt. Y. Swindell, adult student, received her gold belt. Congratulations to all three!

Belt Advancements, July 28, 2012

On Saturday, July 28, youth students J. Funez, E. Gonzalez, G. Gonzalez, D. Jenifer and D. Jenifer (brothers), C. Leonard, J. Leonard, A. Mendez, F. Moreno, S. Romualdo, D. Silver, E. Silver (female), E. Silver (male), F. Silver, and B. Vivar received their white belts. Adult students B. Bonilla, G. Duncan, E. Sanders, and L. Sanders received their blue belts. C. Guzman was named a gold-belt captain for the boys, joining M. Smith who was recently named a gold-belt captain for the girls. Good job, everyone!

Performance of Rambler Student in Publick Playhouse Michael Jackson Tribute, July 21, 2012

On Saturday, July 21, E. Hernandez performed with other amateur local talent in a dance number during the Michael Jackson Tribute production at Prince George's County Public Playhouse in Cheverly, Maryland. The 11 professional youth who performed are part of a community youth group from the Uptown Dance Company, which is a subset of the Uptown Dance Academy in East Harlem, New York. In addition to their performances on July 19 and 20, Uptown conducted two dance workshops for interested local youth. Mr. Hernandez participated in these and was chosen to perform with Uptown during their last performance on Saturday. Dr. Thomas and the Ramblers congratulate Mr. Hernandez for leading by example and pursuing an opportunity to expand his horizons.

Belt Advancements, July 21, 2012

K. Burns and A. Pryor (female) received their green belts on Saturday, July 21. Good job!

Belt Advancements, July 14, 2012

On Saturday, July 14, youth students T. Barksdale, M. Brown, M. McDonald, and B. Mulugeta received their green belts. Adult student M. McDonald, father of one of the new youth green belts, received his gold belt. Congratulations to all!

Gifts for Rambler High School Graduates, July 7, 2012

Recent Rambler high school graduates W. Brogsdale (2012), G. Duncan (2011), J. Sanders (2011), M. Sanders (2012), and E. Thompson (2012) received gift bags from the Ramblers organization on Saturday, July 7. Thanks go to Mrs. Hinton for taking personal responsibility for this thoughtful gesture. Dr. Thomas congratulates these exceptional young people, all of whom are continuing to attend tae kwon do classes, and wishes them the best in their future endeavors. The Rambler family, as always, will support them as they move into new and challenging experiences. In this vein, Dr. Thomas is working toward developing a scholarship program through the We Lead By Example, Inc., nonprofit he recently established to support Rambler youth as they go forward to attend college or trade schools and carve out successful future careers.

Belt Advancements, July 7, 2012

A. Belt, L. Gamero, A. Martinez, and M. Previl received their gold belts on Saturday, July 7. Good job!

Belt Advancements, June 2, 2012

No-belt students E. Fletcher, T. Fogle (top breaker), E. Gonzalez, Z. Johnson (top breaker), K. Kakay, T. Moore, J. Peralta (top breaker), D. Smith (top breaker), K. Taylor, D. Wilson (male), and D. Wilson (female; top breaker) received their white belts on Saturday, June 2. Congratulations to everyone!

Belt Advancements, May 25, 2012

On Saturday, May 25, a group of talented young people advanced from red to second-brown belts. The Ramblers congratulate A. Clement, M. Clement, J. Martinez, N. Potts, and J. Sanders for this acheivement!

Belt Advancements, May 5, 2012

On Saturday, May 5, M. Davis and A. Seemangal received their red belts, and C. Chang, E. Hernandez (named outstanding student in this round of testing), A. Hornberger, E. Martinez, and B. Potts received their blue belts. Congratulations on your success!

Belt Advancements, April 7, 2012

Several no-belt students received their white belts on Saturday, April 7. The new white belts are E. Adesanya, L. Atkinson, J. Campbell, J. Carter, I. Dixon, C. Dyer, W. Dyer, J. Hernandez, J. Murchison, S. Smith, and M. Thompson. Congratulations to all of you!

Belt Advancements and Designation of Gold-Belt Captains, March 10, 2012

Seventeen white belts advanced to gold on Saturday, March 10. The new gold belts are A. Bah, F. Bah, C. Coates, X. George (named best fighter), D. Givens (named most improved student), C. Guzman (named outstanding male student), I. Kargbo, J. Lancaster, B. Lanier, K. Lanier, C. Ose-Afiana, S. Pope (named outstanding breaker), A. Pryor (male), M. Smith (named outstanding female student), E. Taft (named oustanding male student), J. Terry (named outstanding female student), and G. Williams. H. Bah and A. Pryor were named female gold-belt captains, while R. Mbanga, M. McDonald, and D. Thomas were named male gold-belt captains. In addition, K. Burns and J. Terry were named as male co-captains and H. Mbanga was named as a female co-captain. It was a great day for the Ramblers--congratulations to all of you!

Rambler Student Excels in Basketball Conference Title Game, February 25, 2012

D. Brogsdale, a Rambler student, was a key factor in Clinton's Grace Brethren boys basketball team's 68-45 victory over Potomac's McLean High School in the February 25 Potomac Valley Athletic Conference title game. Mr. Brogsdale acknowledged his father's role in his development and his unwavering support. Dr. Thomas appreciates the longstanding support of the Tae Kwon Do Ramblers by the Brogsdale family over a number of years, and is pleased to hear about this outstanding performance by one of his students and the recognition he gave to his stand-up dad. 

Belt Advancements, February 11, 2012

Six no-belt students received their white belts on Saturday, February 11. The new white belts are A. Belt (named outstanding student), L. Gamero, J. Lancaster (named outstanding student), A. Martinez, M. Previl, and adult Y. Swindell. Congratulations to all of you!

Rambler Students News - 2011

Adult Student Role in Hollywood's Finest Fashion Production at the Clarion Hotel, December 11, 2011

  • Adult Student Role in Hollywood's Finest Fashion Production at the Clarion, December 11, 2011

Hollywood's Finest Fashion Production took place at the Clarion Hotel in Ft. Washington, Maryland, on Sunday, December 11. B. Bonilla, one of Dr. Thomas' adult students, played the character of James Dean, his second favorite actor/role model after Bruce Lee, when he participated in this production. Norman Cole, founder of Notorious Runway Productions, produced this latest in his series of shows. Notorious Runway Productions is a multi-level community involvement fashion and entertainment company and has established itself as a community grass roots organization through its affiliation with small businesses, neighborhood commissions, civic groups and other community organizations. The organization has provided scholarships to students at Howard University, Morgan State University, and the Eastern Shore University. The Ramblers are pleased that Mr. Bonilla has had the opportunity to be involved with an organization that provides him with experience in his pursuit toward a professional acting career and that brings something positive to the community.

Belt Advancements, December 10, 2011

Six no-belt students received their white belts on Saturday, December 10. The new white belts are A. Bah, A.M. Bah, F. Bah, I. Kargbo (named outstanding student), C. Ose-Afiana (named outstanding student), and adult D. Estrada. Congratulations to all of you!

Belt Advancements, December 3, 2011

Six students advanced from gold to green belts and one from white to gold on Saturday, December 3. The new green belts are R. Brown, T. Cheru, F. Cuero, K. Gebrgiorgis, M. Mulugeta, and A. Waters, and the new gold belt is H. Wiseman. These students should be proud of their hard-earned advancements.

Belt Advancements, November 26, 2011

Five students advanced from white to gold belts on Saturday, November 26. Congratulations to H. Bah (named outstanding student), M. Bah, I. James, A. Pryor, and D. Thomas (named outstanding student). Adult student K. Pryor also received her white belt.

Belt Advancements, October 15, 2011

On Saturday, October 15, Dr. Thomas awarded M. Sanders her red belt. It was also an exciting day for the latest class of beginning students because they advanced to their next-level belts. The students who received their white belts were C. Coates, D. Hardy, Z. Hardy, F. Marin, A. Martinez, R. Martinez, A. Moreno, F. Moreno, A. Porter,V. Rowe, E. Santana, J. Smith, M. Smith, S. Warr (named outstanding student), and T. Warr. Congratulations!

Black Belt Advancements, September 17, 2011

Saturday, September 17, was a memorable occasion for the Rambler family. After being judged by a panel of distinguished black belts--Grandmaster Chris Edwards, Professor Bruce Goodwin, Grandmaster El Sloan, and Shihan Steve Tolson--W. Brogsdsale and K. Hinton graduated from first brown to black belts and were presented their traditional black belt gui tops (white with black piping) and their black belts in a special ceremony. Ms. Brogsdale and Mr. Hinton's names are beautifully embroidered on the belts, in both English and Korean. According to tradition, the new black belts will be on probation for a year, during which they will be expected to teach and fulfill other requirements to show they are truly worthy of this honor and the respect that accompanies it. Dr. Thomas will look to them to be dedicated in their roles as instructors and to demonstrate their leadership before they become official black belts. The Rambler students and their families are proud of Mr. Hinton and Ms. Brogsdale, offer their congratulations for passing an impressive and exhausting test, and look to them to lead well and honorably, as they have been and will continue to be led and taught by Dr. Thomas. To see photos of Ms. Brogsdale's and Mr. Hinton's test, go to the Ramblers Belt Testing Photos page here. For photos of the very special black belt presentation ceremony, go to the Ramblers Belt Advancement Photos page here. For the event program, click here.

Belt Advancements, August 20, 2011

Saturday, August 20, was an exciting day for a large class of no-belt youth and for six white, gold, and green belt adult students because they advanced to their next-level belts. Youth students who received their white belts were B. Ateawung, S. Barber, A. Blackeney, D. Blackeney, J. Gaskins, S. Gaskins, D. Givens, C. Guzman-Munguia, A. Jefferson, C. Marin, F. Marin, D. Payne, J. Terry, R. Richardson, and J. Samukai. The adult students are listed below. Congratulations!
Adult

  • B. Bonilla - purple belt 
  • T. Heflin - gold belt 
  • E. Martinez - green belt 
  • A. Patton - gold belt 
  • E. Sanders - purple belt (outstanding student)
  • L. Sanders - purple belt

Belt Advancements, July 30, 2011

One youth and six adult students received their next-level belts on Saturday, July 30. It was a special day for the Ramblers because three of the students advanced from red to brown, a big step toward black.

Children
  • A. Eason - gold belt (outstanding student)
Adult
  • H. Chang - white belt 
  • J. Chang - white belt 
  • G. Clement - second-brown belt 
  • T. Heflin - white belt 
  • S. McCutchen - second-brown belt 
  • T. Simpson-Clement - second-brown belt

Adult Student Role in Summer Spotlight Affair Fashion Show at Howard University, July 17, 2011

B. Bonilla, one of Dr. Thomas' adult students, participated in the Scholarship Fashion & Entertainment Production Summer Spotlight Affair Fashion Show that took place at Howard University on July 17. Presented by Notorious Runway Productions, this event showcased the creations of local area clothing, shoe, and hair designers, and promoted local business vendors in the spirit of community outreach and networking. Designers who participated in the production included Antonio Valdez, Semaj, Alek Risimnic, Ricardo Rorie, MAA Designs Heydarri Collection, Notorious Collection, and LaModa. Vocalists Kathy Rollins and Nancy Hines and DJ Mix Master Dee entertained the audience throughout the production. Proceeds from the event will be contributed to a scholarship fund.

Belt Advancements, June 11, 2011

A. Clement (male), M. Clement (female), J. Martinez, N. Potts, and J. Sanders received their red belts on Saturday, June 11. Congratulations to these hard-working young people!

Belt Advancements, April 30, 2011

Saturday, April 30, was an exciting day for the Ramblers! Several no-belts and white belts and one green belt received white, gold, and purple belts. Congratulations! [See Belt Advancement Photos page.]

  • T. Barksdale - gold belt
  • K. Burns - gold belt
  • C. Chambers - gold belt
  • C. Chang - purple belt
  • A. Cuff - white belt
  • B. Cuff - white belt
  • D. Hare - white belt
  • I. James - white belt (outstanding student)
  • K. Jones - gold belt
  • B. Lanier - white belt
  • C. Lanier - white belt
  • K. Lanier - white belt (outstanding student)
  • H. Mbanga - gold belt
  • R. Mbanga - gold belt
  • T. Mbanga - gold belt
  • M. McDonald - gold belt
  • K. Mitchell - white belt
  • A. Pryor (female) - white belt (outstanding student)
  • A. Pryor (male) - white belt
  • J. Saunders - gold belt
  • D. Williams - white belt
  • H. Wiseman - white belt (outstanding student)

Belt Advancements, April 16, 2011

The following students received their purple belts on Saturday, April 16. Congratulations!

  • E. Hernandez (outstanding student)
  • A. Hornberger
  • E. Martinez
  • D. Pierre
  • T. Pierre (outstanding student)
  • B. Potts

FIRST Robotics Competition 2011 Washington DC Regional, March 25-26, 2011

J. Martinez and G. Mckeown (see photos below) were part of Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) Team 53 that competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition. They worked with their teammates to build a large and a mini robot that ERHS team members operated during live games at Washington Convention Center, where they also worked in concert with other teams from around the country in playoff competition. The Robotics Competition began 20 years ago in a gym in New Hampshire. Now it is an extraordinary event with the involvement of mentor engineers from businesses around the country; elementary through high school teachers; political leaders supporting the effort to make it available to all students; and U.S. presidents honoring the champions at the White House. Student teams this year worked to solve LOGO MOTION, a high tech engineering challenge. Some teams developed a website, while animation pieces were created by others. Teams built and programmed robots to accomplish tasks and score points in a competitive game played in front of a large audience. An engineer himself, Dr. Thomas was very pleased to learn that Mr. Martinez and Mr. Mckeown had this wonderful opportunity to be creative and collaborate with not only their high school classmates to develop logic and problem-solving skills, but with other students from around the country, and at the same time to be role models for their Rambler classmates by demonstrating their leadership and teamwork abilities learned through their study of martial arts. Stay tuned for accounts from Mr. Martinez and Mr. Mckeown about the event and for more photos!

2010 Updates from the Sanders Family, January 18, 2011

There is a boatload of talent in the Rambler family. M. and J. Sanders are no exception and, in fact, they gravitate to water activities! M. Sanders was a member of last year's Seton High School women's rowing team and is currently training as a member of this year's team. Her brother, J. Sanders, is a lifeguard, certified through M-NCPPC. Check out the photos below. Ms. Sanders' first photo shows the Seton Novice Crew Team carrying the boat after their first race at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The second photo is a shot of the team's final race at 2010's Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships, which they won. Congratulations, Ms. Sanders!

Mr. Sanders provided two photos of himself working as a lifeguard in the summer of 2010. We feel much safer with him on the job!

Rambler Students News - 2010

M. Sanders Performs in Christmas Concert at Elizabeth Seton High School, December 10, 2010

On December 10, M. Sanders performed with the Elizabeth Seton High School Symphonic Band as part of the 2010 Christmas concert series. As noted in the school newsletter (link provided below) The spirit of Christmas resounded in the hearts and souls of those who celebrated Christmas with Elizabeth Seton High School's music groups. The students' exquisite performance of sacred music, traditional carols and holiday favorites was spiritually uplifting ... Ms. Sanders is pictured in the group photograph of the Symphonic Band, middle row, third from the right.

Click on this link to read the article.

Adult Student Role in Production of Fashion Oz at Howard University, December 5, 2010

Congratulations to B. Bonilla, one of Dr. Thomas' adult students, who landed the role of The Lion in Norman Cole's Notorious Runway Productions scholarship fashion and entertainment production of Fashion Oz at Howard University's Blackburn Center in Washington, DC. Mr. Bonilla is a dedicated martial arts student, and he is working diligently toward his goals of becoming a professional actor, stuntman, and musician. His involvement in this local community production that Mr. Coles hopes to take on the road is a positive step in that direction. In this Wiz version, Mr. Bonilla joined Auntie Em, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, Eviline, Eviline's helper, the Yellow Brick Road dancer, Ms. One, Glenda, and the four Twister dancers in an inventive production enhanced by runway fashion sets with female and male models of all ages and sizes showcasing signature collections by local designers interspersed throughout as the story advanced, bringing Dorothy and her traveling companions through their adventures to see the Wiz. Not to worry--Dorothy was able to get home at last and she stepped up her fashion sense along the way.

Belt Advancements, November 27, 2010

Congratulations to M. Brown, who received her gold belt on Saturday, November 27!

Belt Advancements, November 20, 2010

The students below received their next-level belts on Saturday, November 20. Congratulations to everyone!

Children
  • A. Brown - gold belt
  • K. Brown (female) - gold belt
  • J. Baker - gold belt
  • S. Jones - gold belt
  • E. Martinez - green belt (outstanding student)
  • B. Mulugeta - gold belt
  • K. Mulugeta - gold belt
  • F. Mulugeta - gold belt
  • M. Mulugeta - gold belt
  • T. Mulugeta - gold belt
  • J. Terry - gold belt
  • A. Waters - gold belt
Adult
  • B. Bonilla - green belt

Belt Advancements, September 11, 2010

B. Garcia and A. Johnson received their purple belts on Saturday, September 11. Good work!

Belt Advancements, September 4, 2010

G. Duncan, A. Green, and E. Thompson received their purple belts on Saturday, September 4. Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, August 14, 2010

Youth students R. Brown (male) and D. Diallo received their gold belts and A. Seemangal his blue belt on Saturday, August 14. Adult E. Martinez received her gold belt. A big achievement for everyone!

Belt Advancements, August 7, 2010

The students below received their next-level belts on Saturday, August 7. Congratulations to all for this achievement!

Children
  • B. Brown (female) - gold belt
  • C. Chang - green belt
  • R. Colbert - gold belt
  • D. George - gold belt
  • C. Upshur - green belt
Adult
  • J. Brown - gold belt
  • R. Brown - gold belt

High School Graduation of K. L. Hinton, Rambler First Brown Belt, June 4, 2010

K. L. Hinton, Rambler first brown belt, graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School on Friday, June 4. After his graduation ceremony, the Ramblers honored him and celebrated his graduation at a gathering of Mr. Hinton's family, friends, and extended Rambler family. Held at the Bladensburg Community Center, this event was a happy and sometimes emotional sendoff for Mr. Hinton, a focused young man who has led as an assistant instructor, and will undoubtedly continue to lead by example as he moves forward to attend college and works toward his goals. T. Simpson-Clement, assisted by her husband and fellow Rambler student G. Clement, produced and showed a slide show that featured photos of Mr. Hinton's life. He took the stage to demonstrate his martial arts skills, which many of his friends and family had not seen, in homage of his many years with the Ramblers organization and the skills he has been privileged to learn from Dr. Thomas. In turn, to the surprise of many of his Rambler family members, he showcased his impressive vocal talents when he performed an a cappella selection with two of his talented high school friends. Mr. Hinton spoke of his appreciation for everyone who has been supportive of him, particularly his parents and Dr. Thomas, who in turn took the floor to express their pride and affection for this special young man. Congratulations from the Rambler family for this accomplishment, Mr. Hinton, and our best wishes for your future endeavors!

Belt Advancements, May 15, 2010

J. Martinez received his blue belt, G. McKeown his gold belt, and A. Scott his green belt on Saturday, May 15. Congratulations to all for this achievement!

Belt Advancements, February 20, 2010

W. Brogsdale received her first-brown belt on Saturday, February 20. Congratulations on this advancement!

Belt Advancements, January 30, 2010

K. Hinton received his first-brown belt and D. Gray received his red belt on Saturday, January 30. Congratulations on these advancements!

Belt Advancements, January 9, 2010

Youth students C. Chang received his gold belt and A. Greene his green belt on Saturday, January 9. Adults G. Clement, S. McCutchen, and T. Simpson-Clement received their red belts. Congratulations to all for this achievement!

Rambler Students News - 2009

Belt Advancements, December 12, 2009

Congratulations to M. Bullock for receiving his gold belt on Saturday, December 12.

Belt Advancements, November 28, 2009

Congratulations to adult student D. Mars for receiving her gold belt on Saturday, November 28.

Belt Advancements, November 21, 2009

The students below achieved their next-level belts on Saturday, November 21. Congratulations to all the students!

Children
  • T. Gray - green belt
  • E. Martinez - gold belt
  • A. Mendoza - gold belt
  • T. Mohammad - gold belt
  • A. Orellano - gold belt
  • E. Orellano - gold belt
  • D. Pierre - green belt
  • T. Pierre - green belt
  • B. Potts - green belt
  • C. Upshur (younger) - gold belt
  • C. Upshur (older) - gold belt
  • A. Villacorta - gold belt
  • E. Villacorta - gold belt
Adults
  • E. Sanders - green belt
  • L. Sanders - green belt

Belt Advancements, June 29, 2009

Congratulations to K. Gorham for receiving her gold belt on Saturday, June 29.

Graduation of Michael Andre Rowland, Jr., June 2009

Dr. Thomas is proud to announce that Michael Andre Rowland, Jr., a former Rambler student from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, will graduate from high school in June. He is scheduled to attend Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in mid-August 2009, as a pre-engineering student with a major in physics.

Belt Advancements, June 20, 2009

Congratulations to J. Castro and J. Espinoza who received their gold belts on Saturday, June 20.

Belt Advancements, June 13, 2009

A number of students progressed to their next-level belts on Saturday, June 13. Congratulations to each of them!

  • R. Cabrera - purple belt
  • D. Chappell - green belt
  • A. Clement - blue belt
  • M. Clement - blue belt
  • S. Faison - green belt
  • B. Garcia - green belt
  • B. Harrington - green belt
  • A. Hornberger - green belt
  • A. Johnson - green belt
  • T. Parker - blue belt
  • J. Plummer - gold belt
  • N. Potts - blue belt
  • J. Sanders - blue belt
  • M Sanders - blue belt
  • A. Seemangal - purple belt
  • M. Tejan - gold belt

Belt Advancements, April 2009

Congratulations to adult student B. Bonilla who received his gold belt in April!

Spelling Bee 2009 Champ, March 23, 2009

Congratulations to J. Espinoza, a Tae Kwon Do Rambler and one of 20 middle school students from public and private schools to compete in the Gazette-Star Prince George's County 2009 Spelling Bee. She represented Charles Carroll Middle School and placed in the bee, whose winner ultimately was Eunique Allen of Queen Anne School. Ms. Espinoza's picture and short interview were in the Thursday, March 19, edition of The Gazette & The Star. Julia is 14 years old and her favorite hobbies are reading and writing. Her favorite genre is fiction and [she] is currently writing a story for her friend who seems to like it so far. She also likes to play lots of sports like soccer, tennis and basketball and takes tae kwon do classes that she really enjoys. Her favorite subjects are reading, social studies and science, and [she] likes math to some degree. In her free time she likes to draw and listen to music, and one day hopes to become a writer. Dr. Thomas and the Ramblers family are very proud of Ms. Espinoza's accomplishment and also acknowledge her hard work in class and her dedication to the organization.

Belt Advancements, February 7, 2009

The students below achieved their next-level belts on Saturday, February 7. Of note, K. Hinton was awarded his second-brown belt. Congratulations to all the students!

Children
  • N. Boyd - gold belt (announced February 21; awarded March 7)
  • M. Chappell - green belt
  • G. Duncan - green belt
  • K. Graves - green belt
  • K. Hinton - second-brown belt
  • B. Potts - gold belt (outstanding student)
  • I. Saunders - green belt
  • E. Thompson - green belt (outstanding student)
Adults
  • E. Sanders - gold belt
  • L. Sanders - gold belt (announced February 7; awarded February 14)

Rambler Students News - 2008

Belt Advancements, December 13, 2008

E. Hernandez received his green belt and J. Martinez his purple belt on Saturday, December 13. Congratulations!

Academic Accomplishment, November 8, 2008

A. Seemangal announced that he was selected to participate in the Young Scholar Program of the National Center for Early Academic Excellence in Summer 2009. Being nominated by one's teachers and selected to participate is a great honor. The Rambler family congratulates you on this acknowledgment of your academic achievement, Mr. Seemangal!

Belt Advancements, September 13, 2008

W. Brogsdale received her second-brown belt on Saturday, Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, September 6, 2008

Two students progressed to their next-level belts on Saturday, September 6. A. Fleming, named outstanding student in the examinations, received his blue belt, and V. Cantorna received his second-brown belt. Congratulations!

Academic Accomplishment, June 14, 2008

M. Davis, rated one of the top 40 students at Kipp Public Charter School, announced that he was chosen along with his fellow students to go on an expense-paid trip as a reward to Kennywood Amusement Park in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for a tour, and camping and hiking in the mountains of Pennsylvania in Summer 2008. While education is its own reward, this honor also contains fun and excitement for these scholars who worked hard during the scholastic year. Congratulations, Mr. Davis!

Board-Breaking Accomplishment, May 2008

B. Potts set a record for the Tae Kwon Do Ramblers in May 2008. He broke four boards, which is unprecedented for a four-year-old beginner student. Congratulations, Mr. Potts!

Belt Advancements, May 24, 2008

Two students progressed to their next-level belts on Saturday, May 24. D. Pierre and T. Pierre received their gold belts. Congratulations!

Belt Advancements, May 17, 2008

Several students progressed to their next-level belts on Saturday, May 17. Congratulations to each of them!

  • T. Archer - gold belt
  • R. Cabrera - green belt
  • D. Chappell - gold belt
  • M. Chappell - gold belt
  • S. Faison - gold belt
  • B. Garcia - gold belt
  • O. Kaczor - gold belt
  • A. Seemangal - green belt
  • L. Taylor - gold belt
  • N. Taylor - gold belt

Belt Advancements, May 3, 2008

A. Faison, one of Dr. Thomas' adult students, received her gold belt on Saturday, May 3. Congratulations!

Advancement to First-Brown Belt, February 9, 2008

R. Smith advanced to his first-brown belt on Saturday, February 9. Congratulations on this notable achievement, Mr. Smith!

Belt Advancements, January 12, 2008

J. Martinez passed his next-belt-level examination and received his green belt on Saturday, January 12.

Rambler Students News - 2007

Belt Advancements, December 29, 2007

The students below were awarded their next-level belts on Saturday, December 29. Congratulations to each of them!

Children
  • A. Christian - gold belt
  • A. Clement - purple belt
  • M. Clement - purple belt
  • J. Cross - gold belt
  • A. Dowdell - gold belt
  • G. Duncan - gold belt
  • S. Gift - gold belt
  • T. Gift - gold belt
  • D. Graham - gold belt
  • L. Graves - gold belt
  • B. Harrington - gold belt
  • E. Hernandez - gold belt (outstanding student)
  • A. Hornberger - gold belt
  • A. Johnson - gold belt (outstanding student)
  • N. Potts - purple belt
  • T. Parker - purple belt
  • J. Sanders - purple belt
  • M. Sanders - purple belt
Adults
  • G. Clement - blue belt
  • C. Davis - blue belt
  • V. Gift - gold belt
  • S. McCutchen - blue belt
  • T. Simpson-Clement - blue belt

Rambler Student Graduates from College, December 15, 2007

Leslie Griffin, first-brown belt and longtime student of Dr. Clifford Thomas, graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on Saturday, December 15, with a major in sports medicine. She plans to resume her martial arts training under Dr. Thomas and work toward earning her black belt.

Rambler Student Becomes Licensed Massage Therapist, December 10, 2007

Charles Wisher graduated from the National Massage Therapy Institute in Virginia in February 2007 and became certified in June. He became a licensed massage therapist in the District of Columbia in October, and was hired by Hands on Health in December.

Honor Roll Students 2006-2007, July 16, 2007

Congratulations to the following students who worked hard all school year and were honor roll students

K. Bandy, W. Brogsdale, V. Cantorna, A. Clement, M. Clement, R. Gift, S. Gift, T. Gift, K. Graves, D. Gray, M. Gray, T. Gray, B. Harrington, A. Hornberger, T. Parker, N. Potts, and A. Seemangal.

Belt Advancements, First Quarter 2007

Congratulations to the following students for their next-level belt achievements!

Children
  • Q. Armstrong - red belt (March)
  • W. Brogsdale - red belt (March)
  • V. Cantorna - red belt (March)
  • A. Clement - green belt (March)
  • T. Gray - gold belt (March)
  • K. Hinton - red belt (March)
  • I. Martinez - blue belt (March)
  • N. Potts - green belt (named outstanding student) (March)
  • P. Queen - red belt (February)
  • A. Seemangal – gold belt (March)
  • L. Smith – gold belt (March)
  • R. Smith - second-brown belt (March)
  • E. Thompson – gold belt (March)
  • F. Walton – red belt (February)
Adults
  • G. Clement - purple belt (March)
  • A. Faison - white belt (March)
  • V. Gift - white belt (March)
  • D. Gray - purple belt (March)
  • S. McCutchen - purple belt (March)
  • T. Simpson-Clement - purple belt (March)

Rambler Students News - 2006

Belt Advancements, September/October 2006

Congratulations to the following students for their successful examinations for the next belt level!

  • J. Bonds - gold belt (October)
  • R. Cabrera - gold belt (October)
  • A. Fleming - purple belt (October)
  • J. Sanders – green belt (September)
  • M. Sanders – green belt (September)

Honor Roll Students 2005-2006, July 27, 2006

Congratulations to the following students who worked hard all school year and were honor roll students

W. Brogsdale (second highest GPA), D. Brown, R. Cabrera, D. Gray, M. Gray, J. Gibson, K. Hinton, C. Kirby, V. Kirby, Jr., J. Oghafua, T. Parker, N. Potts, D. Salmond, and L. Smith.

Rambler Student College Graduation, May 22, 2006

  • Rambler Student College Graduation, May 22, 2006

Charles McCutchen Wisher recently was awarded a bachelor's degree in religion at Colorado College. Wisher was one of 555 bachelor and master's students to receive their diplomas during the college's 125th annual commencement exercises. Wisher was involved in a number of Colorado College organizations and participated in several activities at the college and in the Colorado Springs community. While in college, he participated in a summer program in Australia and undertook student volunteer activities in Arizona and New Mexico. Wisher is a student at the National Massage Therapy Institute in Falls Church, Va., from which he is slated to graduate in February 2007. He's the son of Susan McCutchen of Bladensburg. Colorado College is a four-year liberal arts and sciences college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the Block Plan, in which its 1,960 undergraduate students study one course at a time in three-week blocks.

[Note Mr. Wisher, a Rambler since 1999, graduated from Colorado College on May 22, 2006. He is pictured here with his mother, Susan McCutchen, who became a Rambler student in the summer of 2003.]