Posted by: mrpeatie | September 12, 2008

Japan Karate Institute Daniel Island Awards Its Second Black Belt

JKI Daniel Island awarded its second ever black belt on Wednesday evening. Rex Gerding earned the highly coveted award and will officially receive his black belt during a ceremony at The Daniel Island Middle School on Saturday, September 13 at 11am.

The Daniel Island dojo has been offering karate training for over 5 years and has seen around 600 students come through its doors. Rex is only the second student to earn his black belt (yours truly was the first last December).

In order to achieve the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) a student must learn, practice, and be dedicated to the art of karate for about 3-5 years until they are invited to test for their black belt by the senior instructors of Japan Karate Institute. To pass the test, a student must demonstrate proficiency in the three main areas of Wado-Ryu karate. They are kihons (basic techniques), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring). While the test is different and unique for each student, it is always extremely challenging, often pushing students to the brink of their mental and physical abilities.

The rank of black belt is often misconstrued as the pinnacle of one’s karate training. While it is a tremendous feat, it is really only the beginning. It isn’t until after you achieve the rank of Shodan that you truly start to learn and master the ancient art form.

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