Seszko earns 8th degree belt

JOSEPH SESZKO, owner of Seszko Taekwon-Do School in Martins Ferry was recently promoted to an 8th Degree Black Belt by the International Taekwon-Do Federation. He is one of only eight 8th degrees in the United States, promoted by the founding organization of Taekwon-Do.

The federation was founded by General Choi Hong Hi. He also founded Taekown-Do in Korea in 1955. Taekwon-Do is a Korean art of self defense and through the years, has expanded all over the world.

Master Seszko received his promotion and certification from the ITF from his instructor Master Robert Wheatley of Reno, Nev. A two-day event was held including training and testing. Later, a banquet was held for the four new 8th Dans.

Seszko has been training in the martial art for well over 30 years. He and his students have competed in world championships all over the world. He and his instructor currently train under Choi Jung Hwa, son of the late founder. Seszko and three others from California and Michigan were promoted at the same time.

The highest rank in Taekwon-Do is a 9th degre black belt. Seszko is currently conductng seminars and belt testings for affiliated schools.

Seszko is also a Belmont County Sheriff’s Deputy. In addition to the school in Martins Ferry, he has an affiliated school in St. Charles, Mo.