Zen-Do Kai member earns rank promotion

Hayden Lindsay of the Zen-Do Kai Martial Arts Association, which is headquartered in Johnstown, recently passed his test for black belt rank certification. In the front row, from left, are sensei Michael Campos, newest Zen-Do Kai black belt Hayden Lindsay and chief instructor Rob Streeter. Standing, from left, are Jaedon Natale, Jacob Woodcock, Tom Greco, Matthew Bowler, Schuyler Claes, Rachel Bailey Keith Stevenson, Heath Waterman, Brian Cox, Bob Sullivan and Bonnie Streeter. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — Hayden Lindsay of the Zen-Do Kai Martial Arts Association headquartered in Johnstown recently tested for black belt rank certification.

Hayden Lindsay, 16, of Broadalbin earned his black belt on Nov. 17.

Lindsay has been training at American Zen-Do Kai Martial Arts for 12 years under Rob and Bonnie Streeter. He also assists in the advanced juniors’ class at the karate studio.

Lindsay is a junior at PTECH in Johnstown with a concentration in engineering. He is a captain of their Underwater Robotics Team. He attends college courses at FMCC working towards an Associates in Electrical Technology. Lindsay attends Love City Church where he is a member of the youth group and media team.

Testing was held at the Johnstown Zen-Do Kai in front of test boards consisting of senior ZDK black belts and a large crowd of friends and supporters. Testing consisted of demonstrations of basic techniques, combinations, takedowns, finger, wrist, arm locking and choking techniques, self-defense against single and multiple attackers, weapons defenses, forms, and sparring against single and multiple opponents.

The Johnstown ZDK club was the first martial arts club in Fulton, Montgomery, and Hamilton counties. It was established in 1969 by Michael Campos who directs the ZDK Association. The club is located at 490 N. Perry Street and is directed by Rob and Bonnie Streeter. The ZDK offers private lessons, seminars and karate lessons for ages 4 through adult.

By Paul Wager

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