As the owner of New Castle’s Fierce Martial Arts Academy, Stuart Hamby completed a two-day testing period for his Karate Black Belt on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 in Florida.

The test started at Championship Martial Arts Avalon in Orlando Florida on Friday night. The test ran until 11.p.m. that day, Saturday’s testing was held an hour away at Cocoa Beach starting at 6:30 a.m.

Part of the test is the mental fortitude to get little sleep and overcome the hard workouts during the testing.

“It was the hardest physical Black Belt test I have ever had the pleasure of completing,” Hamby remarked. “I was pushed to my limits over and over again and I am so happy I was able to endure and earn my Black Belt.”

Part of the tradition for Championship Martial Arts is to Judo-toss the student who passes the test into the ocean water, and right after that sign the Black Belt certificate on the student’s back while in the water.

“It is something that students going through the testing will remember forever,” Hamby added, “and the moment you know you pass the test is when you are thrown into the ocean and come up with a new rank.”