He became an excellent role model for many of the younger students who looked up to him and wanted to be just like him. Students increasingly requested private classes with Josh as the instructor instead of his father who normally taught all the private classes. Throughout all these accomplishments, Josh remained a low-keyed, easy going teenager. More importantly, he was respectful and humble.
As Josh continued to grow stronger physically, the power he was able to generate with his techniques increased as well. On April 23, 2005 Josh tested for his 2nd Degree Black Belt before a 10-member Black Belt panel, which included Mr. and Mrs. Campbell. Throughout his 3-hour test, Josh impressed the panel in every way possible. At one point during the test Mr. Campbell was so impressed with the power behind Josh’s kicks that he stopped the test, ordered Josh to come forward and cautioned him about ever actually using his kicks on someone. Mr. Campbell explained to Josh that his kicks were the most powerful he had ever seen and if Josh were to kick someone it could be very easily be fatal. Josh replied that he was aware of his power and he understood the need for control. Later in the test Josh demonstrated his control by shattering a board with a front snap kick while not even touching a second board that was placed less than one inch directly behind it. This unique display of power and control more than satisfied Mr. Campbell who was once again very impressed. At the conclusion of the test Josh not only was promoted to the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt, but was also promoted to the title of Instructor as well. He became the first student under Mr. Schwartz to earn this title.
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Joshua A. Schwartz was born in 1988 and grew up in a martial arts environment. In April of 1993, when Josh was 4 ½ years old, his father opened Schwartz’s School of Tae-Kwon-Do and Josh became one of the schools very first students. Josh worked his way up through the belt ranks and on December 7, 2000 he tested and received his 1st Degree Black Belt at the age of 12. After earning his Black Belt Josh began assisting his father with instructing classes. Additionally he continued to work on making his techniques more powerful, especially his kicks and spinning kicks, all the while improving upon his superb flexibility. By the time he was 14 years old he had earned the respect of all the students within the school regardless of their age and he was officially promoted to the rank of Assistant Instructor.