Upland Shotokan Karate League
Test Results - Summer 2016
Examinations are a tool to enhance your study of Karate-Do. They are held numerous times throughout the year and are an important part of the Karate experience. Students should prepare well and use grading to help motivate their daily training and progress. Testing is more of a demonstration for the student allowing them to show the instructors and the fellow students what they have learned and what they are capable of. Grading also provides feedback on areas of strengths as well as weaknesses. Belts, Stripes/progress bands, are then presented to the students to give them something tangible that shows their progress and skill level. We feel that all members will benefit by participating and should make every effort to prepare and attend.
If I made any mistakes on your names, rank or if I missed anyone (did not test) please let me know.
A Special thank you to all of our Sensei’s and sempai’s for their help in the process of preparing each member candidate for their exam.
Keep up the great work, congratulations to everyone.
Sensei Ty Aponte(6th dan, chief instructor)
951 204-0341 cell
“Never give up on becoming a black belt.
Karate success can be summed up in three words: 'Begin and Continue'.
However, when the inevitable doubts as to whether
or not you will be successful in reaching your goal come up,
just remind yourself that giving up on your goal guarantees failure.
Persistence, on the other hand, will lead you to your desired result.
If you are steadfast in the value of reaching your goal
then giving up will never be a viable option.”
-- Sensei Paul Walker
The candidates below (from black belt to brown belt) demonstrated and performed their kihon (basics) and kata with confidence and were also gallant in thier kumite. Each were pushed and performed well under pressure. We are all very proud of your achievement and welcome you to your new ranks.
Those who made black belt, remember this is where the REAL training begins!
Black Belt Examinees: June /July’16 New rank:
Name: Previous rank Dan & Belt color
Casey Chang 2nd Deg. BB 3rd Deg. BB
Osman Jamil 2nd Deg. BB 3rd Deg. BB
David Dang 1st kyu Brown Belt 1st Deg. BB
Nathan Goltz 1st kyu Brown Belt 1st Deg. BB
Don Taylor 1st kyu Brown Belt 1st Deg. BB
Juan Miguel Nunez 1st kyu Brown Belt Youth 1st Deg. Black Belt
Brown Belt Examinees: June/’16 New rank:
Name: Previous rank Kyu & Belt color
Abby Pellitteri 2nd kyu Brown 1st Kyu Brown
Jasmine Tran 2nd kyu Brown 1st Kyu Brown
Jason Chen 2nd kyu Brown 1st Kyu Brown
John Fletchas 2nd kyu Brown 1st Kyu Brown
David Voiles 2nd kyu Brown 1st Kyu Brown
Jose Luis Nunez 2nd kyu Brown 1st Kyu Brown
Tim Richmond 2nd kyu Brown Prov. 1s Kyu Brown
Benjamin Lekpor 3rd kyu Brown 2nd kyu Brown
Clarissa Lekpor 3rd kyu Brown 2nd kyu Brown
Tyler Ritter 3rd kyu Brown 2nd kyu Brown
Devin Voiles 4th kyu Green 3rd kyu Brown
Youth Kyu Examinees: June/’16 New rank:
Name: Previous rank Belt color and/or progress bands
Anika Coraham White belt/0 Yellow/white/0
Deanna Mitchell White belt/1 Yellow/white/0
Ian Li Yellow/white/1 Yellow/white/3
Kai Fujimoto Yellow/white/1 Solid Yellow/1
Mathew Rivera Yellow/white/3 Yellow Black/0?
Tyler Price Yellow/white/3 Yellow Black/0?
Isaac Espinoza Yellow/white/3 Solid Yellow/1
Daniel Zuver Yellow/white/3 Yellow/white/4
Brandon Flores Solid Yellow/0 Solid Yellow/1
Derek Kwok Solid Yellow/0 Solid Yellow/3 or Orange/white/1
Micah Endo Orange/White/0 Solid orange/0
Ivan Larrache Yellow/Blk/3 Solid Yellow/1
Ana Lopez Orange/Black Orange/Black/2
Fabian Cruz Orange/Black/1 Orange/Black/3
Iman Peerzai Orange/Black/2 Orange/Black/3
Sonali Ortiz-Casillas Solid Orange/1 Green white/ 3
Melody Romero White/0 Yellow/white/0
Jacob Romero White/0 Yellow/white/0
Juliana Rameriz White/0 Yellow/white/0
Louis Vasquez White/0 Yellow/white/0
Adult Kyu Examinee: June/’16 New rank:
Name: Previous rank Kyu & Belt color
Vito White/0 8th kyu Orange
Good: Once a week (better than none)
Better: Two times per week
Best: Three times per week
Body, mind and spirit coming together
Looking for the perfect balance in our lives
Awakening the warrior in our spirit
Character developing alongside physical competence
Knowledge gained through deeper understanding of ourselves
Building a strong foundation on which to grow
Evolving and transforming along the way
Life-defining experiences we've reaped from and yet
The journey has only just begun...
Ganbatte!!! (i.e. do your best, press on, and GO FOR IT!!!).
Sensei Ty Aponte
If I have left anyone out or made any mistakes or if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know ASAP. Parents should feel free to make a copy of this letter for their children.
Patience plus persistence equals progress.
In life, Nanakorobi Yaoki
“Seven times down, eight times up.”
Rather than getting frustrated and quitting you must persevere.
Remember: “the road to success is paved with setbacks and failure”
and “A Black Belt is a White Belt who never quit.”
“Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little,
has its stages of drudgery and triumph:
a beginning, a struggle, and a victory.”
― Mahatma Gandhi