Strong finish for Madeira Karate

March 16, 2016

During Module 5, a total of 17 participants filled the ranks of the karate activity program. They were frequently joined by visitors who added positively to the dojo atmosphere. Visitors included Lisa Taylor (aikido practitioner and mother of Morgan Taylor ’18), Nicole Kolmstetter ’17 (hapkido practitioner), and Bee Hyland ’19 and A. Reilly ’16 who are members of the dojo enrolled in other activities.

Throughout the module, students practiced their basic techniques, including blocks, hand strikes, kicks, and elbow and knee strikes. They worked these techniques singly, in combinations, against shields, as part of kata (forms), with partners, and integrated into sparring drills. The students also learned how to fall properly, throw an opponent, use escrima sticks defensively, and perform kata with bo staff. More advanced techniques and kata were introduced at the appropriate levels and all students led warm up exercises and collaborated in learning new moves. At the end of the module, students were recognized or promoted to their next belt level in USA Goju Karate based on proficiency of physical skill, demonstration of personal growth, and time in grade. The following promotions were received:

Yon-kyu ho (purple stripe on green belt):  Rachel Bamberger ’18 and Shiye (Sally) Cao ’18  

This is a preparatory rank for purple belt testing in a subsequent module.

Go kyu (green belt):  Layla Khan ’19, Lucy Li ’18, Casey Ocasal ’19, and Morgan Taylor ’18

Roku kyu (two-stripe white belt):  Zoe Brauchli ’19, Erica Landry ’18, and Naomi Spargo ’19

Shichi kyu (one-stripe white belt):  Tayma Alassar ’16, Ellie Cook ’19, Vivian Gillman ’19, Laura Simpson ’19, and Zixuan (Charlotte) Zhao ‘18

Additionally, Maddy Clemente ’17 (who holds the rank of purple belt) received the coveted USA Goju pin while Yoon Soo (Lily) Hyon ’16 and Olivia Levin ’17 (who hold the rank of green belt) received the USA Goju patch for their leadership and steadfast contributions to the dojo.


The karate activity will be offered again in 2016-2017. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the instructor, Dr. Stacey Boyette (Science Department).