Eleven students received recognition and rank in USA Goju Karate for their contributions to the Madeira Dojo this fall. Promotions are based on proficiency of physical skill, demonstration of personal growth, and time in grade.Based on proficiency of technique, time in grade, and personal growth and development, students received promotions to the following levels.
San-kyu ho (brown stripe on purple belt): Shiye (Sally) Cao ’18 – This is a preparatory rank for brown belt testing upon continued commitment and training.
Yon-kyu ho (purple stripe on green belt): Zoe Brauchli ’19 – This is a preparatory rank for purple belt testing upon continued commitment and training.
Go kyu (green belt): Ciara O’Donoghue ’18
Shichi kyu (one-stripe white belt):Isabella Han ’21, Hiley Ho ’20, Bhairum Jumbala na Ayudhaya ’19, Alexa Marsh ’21, Luna Qiu ’21, Helen Wang ’21, and Ina Zhang ‘21
In addition, ranking green belt Morgan Taylor ’18 provided outstanding leadership this term and received the coveted USA Goju patch.
For five weeks bridging Modules 2 and 3, Madeira Karate students developed empty-handed techniques, including blocks, strikes, kicks, sparring combinations, and Kata (forms), with an emphasis on self-defense applications. Additionally, students learned how to fall properly, how to throw an opponent, and how to perform fundamental techniques with Escrima sticks and the five-foot staff (Bo). Along with the physical training, students developed mental focus, self-confidence, cooperative spirit, and leadership skills.
Preparation for the Winter Pep Rally held on Friday, December 8 was a major highlight. After delving into Kata, weapons, and board breaking, students were eager to display their talents. Another high spot was training with visiting instructor Teresa Liao from Aikido of Arlington on Tuesday, December 12. This special session focused on footwork, moving off line, and blending with the attacker’s energy.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact the instructor, Dr. Stacey Boyette (Science Department). Dr. Boyette has trained in the martial arts for almost 40 years and holds the rank of 7th degree black belt.Athletics Leadership