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Tinley Park resident Edward Pahalek (left) demonstrates the skills he has learned over the past five years to earn his black belt with Master Sung Ho Kim Aug. 2 at Family Martial Arts in Mokena. F. Amanda Tugade/22nd Century Media
Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter
8:10 am CDT August 9, 2017

Edward Pahalek will always remember Aug. 2, 2017.

That is the day the Tinley Park resident achieved something special. He earned his black belt in hapkido at Family Martial Arts in Mokena. 

While others have achieved that, there are not many that have done so at this juncture of their life, as Pahalek completed his five-year journey to earning the black belt at 73 years of age.