Phillip Schiering Gets His Black Belt - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Phillip Schiering Gets His Black Belt

SPOKANE, Wash. - A black belt is considered the highest honor in Martial Arts, and on Wednesday night it was given to a very deserving young boy. "The first lesson I taught you was a bow, the most basic movement in Martial Arts and the deepest sign of respect. If you remember I did it with a smile and a commitment to you and your family. All I have to give you is love and support but is yours to no end," said coach Brent Tibbetts.

9-year-old Phillip Schiering was killed inside his home along with his mother Rebecca more than a week ago.

Phillip's friends remember him as a good kid, a close friend and a fighter when it came to karate and someone with a lot of energy.

Wednesday night his friends, classmates, coach and others gathered at 3-Tigers Martial Arts inside the St. Paschals church off North Park Rd. where Phillip was awarded a blackbelt in a ceremony called "candle and soap, "an ancient ceremony for those who have reached the highest honors in Martial Arts.

Although Phillip was only 9-years-old, his coach believes he went to his mothers aid the night they died, and says a blackbelt is more than knowing how to do a kick or a punch, but it's determined also by a persons character, and says Phillip was a brave young man.

KHQ's Kevin Randall spoke with one of Phillip's closest friends, 8-year-old Braendon Alfana. "He was only an orange belt and he left, and don't really no why, but now he's going to skip a whole bunch of belts and go to a black belt. His karate skills were good, and very talented. "I wish he would come back and that he was still alive."

To end the ceremony the group performed a bow, the first lesson in Martial Arts coach Tibbetts taught Phillip and his classmates, a symbol of respect and love.

The black belt will be given to Phillip's older brother Brian who couldn't make the ceremony.

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane family's service dog finds bag of mysterious substance in yard

    Spokane family's service dog finds bag of mysterious substance in yard

    Sunday, October 22 2017 8:48 PM EDT2017-10-23 00:48:47 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane family has a message for the community: “Check your yards.” That’s because on Saturday morning, they discovered something pretty disturbing in their backyard. This happened near Chief Garry Park.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane family has a message for the community: “Check your yards.” That’s because on Saturday morning, they discovered something pretty disturbing in their backyard. This happened near Chief Garry Park.

    >>
  • Pennsylvania students miss school after teacher posts 'I'm buying a gun'

    Pennsylvania students miss school after teacher posts 'I'm buying a gun'

    Monday, October 23 2017 11:17 AM EDT2017-10-23 15:17:15 GMT

    BRENTWOOD, Pa. - A suburban Pittsburgh school district says a teacher's Facebook post about "buying a gun" caused parents to keep about 60 students home from school or pick them up early from an elementary school Friday. KDKA reports students at Moore Elementary in the Brentwood School District were also kept inside and borough police were notified. 

    >>

    BRENTWOOD, Pa. - A suburban Pittsburgh school district says a teacher's Facebook post about "buying a gun" caused parents to keep about 60 students home from school or pick them up early from an elementary school Friday. KDKA reports students at Moore Elementary in the Brentwood School District were also kept inside and borough police were notified. 

    >>
  • PHOTOS: Reward offered as detectives search for truck stolen from murder scene

    PHOTOS: Reward offered as detectives search for truck stolen from murder scene

    Monday, October 23 2017 1:33 PM EDT2017-10-23 17:33:26 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that helps detectives find a stolen pickup taken from the property of a 2015 murder. 

    >>

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that helps detectives find a stolen pickup taken from the property of a 2015 murder.  The 1994 Toyota extended cab pickup was taken from the property in Colbert where Terry Canfield and his wife and son were murdered in 2015.  "In April 2017 two vehicles, a 1990 Acura and a 1994 Toyota pickup, were reported as stolen," Deputy Mark Gregory said.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/