On Jan. 10, Alexandria Family Martial Arts held a test for the students in its program.

They were tested in a form or pattern, kicking techniques, blocking techniques, practical self-defense and breaking a one-inch pine board.

"The break is the only thing that is hard to prepare the younger students for, so when it comes time for that during the test I get nervous for them also," head instructor Neil Stroklund said. "They all did a very nice job."

All eight students that tested passed.