Few students that enroll in a Dojo / karate school have the determination to stay with it and make it to black belt. Mason at age 14 has been promoted to first level black belt know as Shodan and will wear a white stripe on his belt to indicate that he is still a child. Mason just turned 14 in December. Mason has been with us nearly three and one half years and was recently promoted to Shodan (black belt), Shorin-Ryu Karate USA under the direction of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro. In Shorin-Ryu, children are required to wear a white stripe on their belt until they are 17 or legally driving. We are very proud of our new Shodan. He did a good job and is an inspiration to us all.
Arigato, Sensei Judy and Sensei Barnhart