• Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give...It's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward. Sylvester Stallone
  • The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. - John Ruskin
  • Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others. - Sir Winston Churchill
  • The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants. - Master Funikoshi
  • Concentration is the secret of strength - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. - Bruce Lee

20 Years in Vernon

What Does it Take to Become a Black Belt?

An individual who has earned an ISKF Black Belt has demonstrated the necessary dedication to the art and is now competent in the principles and basic techniques of Shotokan karate. A student who trains regularly 3 times a week can earn a Black Belt in 4 to 5 years. Very dedicated students can earn a Black Belt in less time but a karate master will say that wisdom is gained one step at a time over many years. Children can also achieve this level but they are considered junior Black Belts until they reach the age of 16.

A student who has passed the rigorous black belt exam is awarded the level of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) and is now considered a serious student. Higher levels of black belt can be achieved as a student continues to train hard and improve their skill level. Although there are ten levels the time it takes to achieve each level increases. It can take over twenty years just to obtain the level of Godan (5th degree Black Belt). The highest levels such as 9th and 10th degree are reserved for the leader of the organization.


David DNidan 2nd degree

J. Dixon January/2019


Richard L.Yondan 3rd degree

Yaguchi December/2018


Rheiley L.Shodan 1st degree

J. Dixon June/2017


David D.Shodan 1st degree

H. Okazaki December/2016


Nathan A.Shodan 1st degree

H. Okazaki May/2016


Paul G.Shodan 1st degree

H. Okazaki May/2016


Danny L.Nidan 2nd degree

H. Okazaki May/2016

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Keith K.Shodan 1st degree

H. Okazaki December/2016


Mike C.Rokudan 6th degree

Yaguchi March/2015


Bill N.Shodan 1st degree

Loreth July/2014


Chris S.Shodan 1st degree

Yaguchi July/2013

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Abigail B.Shodan 1st degree

Yaguchi July/2012


Yuri B.Nidan 2nd degree

Yaguchi July/2012


Sam B.Nidan 2nd degree

Yaguchi July/2012


Tielee M.Shodan 1st degree

Yaguchi December 2010

John Sandan

Jonathan M.Sandan 3rd degree

Yaguchi December 2009


Wendy L.Shodan 1st degree

Yaguchi March/2009


Carla B.Sandan 3rd degree

Yaguchi November/2007


Brian M.Shodan 1st degree

Yaguchi April/2002


Susan D.Shodan 1st degree

Cline March 2011

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Jim N.Shodan 1st degree

Yaguchi December/2004


Laurie V.Nidan 2nd degree

Okazak October/2003


Anne M.Shodan 1st degree

Okazaki July/2001


Bill W.Shodan 1st degree

Yaguchi April/2002


Tyner G.Shodan 1st degree

Okazaki September/2000