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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Gains Green-Stripe

On August 7, after patiently waiting a long time, Elizabeth finally qualified to take her Green-Striped White Belt test.  And boy did she nail it!  One of the best tests in a while thanks to all the practice she put into getting ready.  Congratulations, Elizabeth.

Issac Passes First Test

On May 3, Issac took his first test and earned a promotion to jukyu (One tip).  He seemed a little nervous, but who isn’t during tests, and ran through the test just fine, passing with good marks.  Now he’s on to the next challenges.  Congratulations, Isaac.

The dojo will be closed on Saturday, April 20th and Monday, April 22nd. Enjoy the holiday weekend!