1st Place Lily Heffernan

On February 13, 2021, the Winter Kata Challenge began, and all students 14 and under were encouraged to practice kata daily until Spring 2021.  On March 20th, the Kata Challenge Champs emerged!!   FIRST PLACE! CONGRATULATIONS to Lily Heffernan who achieved an incredible 1,111 kata practices during the competition.  Notably, Lily also earned her black Read More

Black Belt Test Weekend

The weekend of March 20-21, 2021 marked not only the welcome of spring but an accomplishment few attain but all admire a black belt. Join us in congratulating TEN new shodans, first-degree black belts to US Budokai Karate! SHODAN Don Fawthrop, Ivan Stebletsov, Trent Bruce, Aidan Smith, Kayla Smith, Veronica Smith, Lily Heffernan, Marissa Guetti, Read More

Sixteen Black Belt Candidates

Black Belt Testing Weekend brings with it the culmination of many years of training for sixteen worthy black belt candidates! Eleven of those candidates will be testing for shodan (first-degree black belt) or jr. shodan (under 13). A black belt is seen as the epitome of karate training and to many, the goal, the end Read More

New Black Belt!!

What does it mean to be a black belt parent? I have been teaching martial arts since 1985 when I began conducting introductory lessons for Hanshi Jarem.  In that 35 years’ time, I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds if not thousands of kids, from many different walks of life and raised with many Read More

Great Zen Stance!

What better time than Karate Season for a Winter Kata Challenge!! All students age 14 and under are invited to participate in a Winter Kata Challenge!! From now until the First Day of Spring on Saturday, March 20th record the number of times you practice your current rank kata or any kata from a previous Read More