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Physical Education Program Coordinator Jessica Wheeler Gets Third Black Belt Stripe in Chayon-Ryu.

HHP Physical Education Program Coordinator Ms. Jessica Wheeler advanced to her third black belt stripe in Chayon-Ryu, a martial arts discipline that means "natural way."

Ms. Wheeler has invested 14 years in martial arts training and teaching. Her fourth stripe will take an additional four years; the fifth stripe - signifying a master - will take five years beyond that.

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Ms. Jessica Wheeler

Chayon-Ryu is based on natural movements found within each of its parents styles: Chinese Chu'an Fa, Korean Taekwondo, Karate, Judo/Jujitsu and Hapkido/Aikido. By teaching basic principles and emphasizing physical and mental balance, Chayon-Ryu goes beyond any one martial arts style, and a black belt in "the natural way" signifies a general proficiency in all the martial arts, but not a black belt in each art.

Ms. Wheeler also works as a Sports and Fitness Instructor at UH Downtown. UH Downtown featured Ms. Wheeler's accomplishments in Skyline e News - A UHD publication. The article is posted below.

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Longtime UHD Sports & Fitness Instructor Jessica Wheeler earned the third stripe on her black belt in Chayon-Ryu, a martial arts discipline that means "natural way."

For several semesters Wheeler has taught Karate, self-defense and other classes for UHD Sports & Fitness. A self-defense workshop she helped organize last year taught students how to escape if attacked from behind or pinned to the ground. Wheeler will offer a more detailed self-defense class this spring, which will be set up as three classes from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays.

Wheeler earned the black belt stripe this month through a practical and written test. Chayon-Ryu is based on natural movements found within each of its parents styles: Chinese Chu'an Fa, Korean Taekwondo, Karate, Judo/Jujitsu and Hapkido/Aikido, Wheeler said. By teaching basic principles and emphasizing physical and mental balance, Chayon-Ryu goes beyond any one martial arts style, and a black belt in "the natural way" signifies a general proficiency in all the martial arts, but not a black belt in each art.

Wheeler has invested 14 years in martial arts training and teaching. Her fourth stripe will take an additional four years; the fifth stripe - signifying a master - will take five years beyond that. Wheeler has been an assistant teacher since 1998 and was offered the advanced class to teach on her own about a year ago, she said.

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