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Why is there a white stripe on the belt?

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Karate school located at 1755 S. Tropical Trail, 2 and 1/2 miles south of SR 520 on Merritt Island is delighted to announce: Donovan Dobrin, age 13 was recently promoted to Ik-kyu (black tips). Donovan is now one step away from the level of Jr. blackbelt, Shorin-Ryu karate USA. He began his training at age 11 and is known for his excellent kata, courage and disciplined practice. Donovan sets the bar high!If you notice in the picture Donovan is wearing a brown belt with a white stripe and recently added black tips. You might be wondering: “Why the white stripe”. The answer is: All children wear a white stripe on their belt until they turn 16 or 17 (driving age). Many years ago the standard was set by Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro, the Okinawan who brought this karate style to the U.S. in 1962. Master Ueshiro said: “This is for safety, a reminder that this still a child”.

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