Gab Gains Ikkyu

On December 10, Gab took that final brown belt test and, as expected, did very well. Her technique was crisp and flawless, as was her kata and sparring. Now it’s on to black belt, where we’d expect her to do just as well. Congratulations.

Elizabeth Gains Brown Stripe

May 30 and the much anticipated brown-striped white belt test began.  Only the second time at Odayaka has someone gotten this far in the Little Dragons and Elizabeth wasn’t going to tarnish the history of that accomplishment.  She nailed it!  Excellent techniques, combinations and some good sparring against tough opponents.  Congratulations, Elizabeth.

Adriana Passes Test

May 14th, Adriana took and passed her 2-Tips test.  She exhibited some excellent techniques, being extremely careful to do each movement with near perfect execution.  Congratulations, Adriana.

Deacon Reaches 2-Tips

May 7th, Deacon took his second test and passed it with some really good techniques and a lot of enthusiasm.  And now he’s on toward the next step.  Here he is with his certificate.  Great job, Deacon.

Tim Tests for Yellow

April 30, Tim passed his third test and was promoted to shichikyu.   Tim has come back with a vengeance and trains regularly, works hard when he’s at the dojo and tries to perfect his techniques.  All that showed during his test.  Congratulations, Tim.

Kevin Gains Blue Belt

April 25th, after a long journey with unforeseen twists and turns, Kevin took and passed his rokukyu test and here he is with his certificate.  Kevin works hard and listens to his instructors, always improving as he goes.  Congratulations, Kevin.

Kalvin Passes First Test

On April 23rd, Kalvin took his first test and passed with high marks.  He practiced hard leading up to the test and all that work paid off as he got through the entire test with no problems.  Congratulations, Kalvin.

Bruce Reaches Godan

On April 6, 2019, Bruce became the first member of Odayaka Martial Arts to attain the rank of godan (5th degree black belt).  Below is a photo of sensei presenting Bruce with his certificate.  This comes after years of dedicated training and teaching and is certainly well deserved.  We all should thank Bruce for his help along our karate journey and congratulate him on his promotion.

Steve Earns Jukyu

On Saturday, March 23, Steve took his first test and got promoted to Jukyu.  He has worked diligently on all the material and it showed as he passed with fine marks.  The smile says it all.  Congratulations, Steve.

Augustus Passes Two-Tips

March 14 saw Augustus take his second test which he passed easily after all the hard work he’d done to get ready.  He even received a 9+ on one kihon which is a rare score for anyone.  Congratulations, Augustus.  Great going.

Davin Passes Yellow Belt Test

February 28th found Davin ready to take the test that jumps him into the Juniors program with a new belt.  And pass he did with some excellent techniques and a great attitude.  Congratulate Davin when you see him.

Autumn Earns Yellow-Stripe

On February 26th, Autumn took and passed her next test and now has a brilliant yellow stripe running along her belt.  She worked hard on all the requirements and showed that she knew exactly what she was doing.  Congratulations, Autumn.

Ethan Passes Yonkyu (Purple)

On February 14, Ethan took and passed the test for yonkyu.  This has been a long road for Ethan as he moved up from the Juniors into the Adult program.  And all the hard work paid off as he passed with flying colors.  Congratulations, Ethan.

Antonio Passes First Test

January 15th, Antonio stepped on the mat alone.  Questions, techniques, skills all must be done right.  And he did it.  He passed the One-Tip test with flying colors and here he is with his certificate.  Great going, Antonio.

Adriana Passes First Test

Tuesday, November 25th, Adriana took her One-Tip test and passed with flying colors.  She showed good form and strength with all her techniques.  Now she’s already on her way to the next step.  Congratulations, Adriana.

Gab Gains Nikyu

On November 15th, Gab stepped on the mat and proceeded to show what a nikyu (2nd class brown belt) test done well looks like.  She ran through all the waza, the kata and then did a remarkable job against three higher ranking opponents in sparring.  Great job, Gab.  Tell her congratulations when you see her.

Dan Earns Yondan

On November 8, 2018, Dan came to class just like every other time over the last few years.  But that day was different because it was the honor of Odayaka Martial Arts to present him with his yondan (4th degree black belt) certificate.  After years of work, lots of prerequisites including a terrific project that is now on this website, he completed the final exam with over 90% correct.  Congratulations, Dan.  Well done.