After three years of taekwondo training, Cameron Bates, of LaPlace; Oliver Durel, of Metairie; and Aidan Lefort, of Marrero, earned their first-degree black belts on June 5.

The boys trained under Grand Master Tai Le and Master Laura Harrison at the Moon College Taekwondo School in Metairie. Tai Le is a sixth dan taekwondo (sixth-degree black belt) and a fifth dan kung fu.