Madeira karate got off to a fast start this year with training focused on falling and throwing techniques, as well as empty-handed blocks, strikes, kicks, and kata (forms). Each student practiced several throws for self-defense applications and then selected a favorite to perform at the Winter Pep Rally. Students also learned their fundamental kata and worked on performing kata as a group with synchronicity. Later in Mod 3, the five-foot staff (bo) was introduced as well as sparring combinations. Along with the physical training, students developed mental focus, self-confidence, cooperative spirit, and leadership skills.
At the Winter Pep Rally, the class demonstrated kata, throwing techniques, and board breaking. Much to the surprise of the students, promotions were awarded at the end of the demonstration. Four students received recognition and rank in USA Goju Karate for their contributions to the Madeira Dojo based on proficiency of technique, time in grade, and personal growth and development. Isabella Han ’21 and Ina Zhang ’21 were promoted to Go kyu (green belt) and Caroline Cruze ’20 and Orixa Flroes ’22 were promoted to shichi kyu (one-stripe white belt).
If you have any questions about the Madeira Karate program, please contact the instructor, Dr. Stacey Boyette (Science Department). Dr. Boyette has trained in the martial arts for over 40 years and holds the rank of 7th degree black belt.Athletics