Category Archives: Grading
WTKO held its first virtual dan exam, over Zoom, on July 16. Susan put significant effort into preparing for this exam, making the most of online training options the past four months. She successfully passed to nidan (2nd degree black belt), joining other senior black belts at Silicon Valley Karate. Congratulations!
Jess Field successfully graded to nidan (2nd degree black belt) on March 10. On the grading panel were WTKO Chief Instructor Sensei Richard Amos, Silicon Valley Karate Chief Instructor Sensei Jon Keeling, and Chief Instructor for De Anza Shotokan Pete Rabbitt. Mr Field was put through the paces with challenging kihon, two different kata and […]
In our recent exams at the end of February (kids & teens) and beginning of March (adults), we had a total of 64 members test. We continue to maintain the highest standards and the pass rate reflects this. Our members know that whether or not a new rank is achieved, they are making progress and […]
We broke a couple records in April: *A total of 55 kids took tests for stripes or kyu ranks. *A total of 16 people took part in the black belt exams. This was the largest dan (black belt) exam anywhere in the Americas in the WTKO‘s history! As usual, not everyone is ready for advancement […]
Following a total of eight hours of seminars with WTKO Chief Instructor Amos Sensei, we had a record-setting black belt exam on April 30. This was the largest black belt exam in the Americas thus far in the WTKO’s history. We had a total of 16 people testing for various ranks from shodan (1st degree) […]
Announcing our dojo’s newest black belt, Ananya! She passed on May 2, in our Redwood City dojo. Administering the exam were WTKO Chief Instructor Richard Amos Sensei and senior dojo instructors Jon Keeling Sensei and Fred Borda Sensei. This is not a “youth black belt.” The requirements were the same as for adults, and no re-exam […]