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Front row from left: Sixth-grader Sophie Peterson and seventh-grader Scott Wesson; back row from left: Ninth-grader Rhyan D’Errico, instructor Joey Escobar and 10th-grader Cody Vilkin The four students earned their black belts at Joey Escobar Karate Studio on Saturday. The exhaustive three and a half hour examination included 11 forms, 18 one-steps, sparring, blocking and kicking demonstrations and an oral essay.