Alpha UPKUDO has inducted two more Renshi Black Belts and two more Sensei Black Belts. Renshi (4th Degree Black Belt) means the beginning of the masters program in UPKUDO, much like a Bachelors Degree going for a Masters in college. Once they complete the 6th Degree rank, a Masters will be awarded, which takes an additional six years.
Students move more into the teaching aspects of the art at the Renshi level and have completed at least 15 years of training in the style of UPKUDO. Renshi Liz Tatum and Renshi Debbie Tully now belong to an elite group of four women who have achieved this level. No man has obtained the rank in the past 25 years with UPKUDO. Both women assist Master Anne Radke in the Alpha UPKUDO karate school in Havana teaching karate and kickboxing.
The Sensei rank is reserved for 1st Degree Black Belts which is much like the Associate of Arts in Martial Arts and was awarded to Sensei Geremy Gerald and Sensei Jacob Knoblaugh. They have completed at least five years of consistent training. Sensei Geremy Gerald has assisted Master Anne in all the afterschool programs for the Gadsden County children. Sensei Jacob assists in demonstrations. Both students will be competing in the Jacksonville Invitational Championship this weekend.
All of these students are loyal, hardworking, dedicated and very skilled in the art of UPKUDO. They will be at the Celebration of Life March 29th to help put on three demonstrations. These consist of The Boys and Girls Club of Havana Karate at 10:30, the Personal Safety training at 11:00 a.m. and the Fitness Challenge at 11:30. All will be held in the Shanks Middle School gymnasium.
For more information about the UPKUDO Karate system and its programs contact Master Anne Radke at 514-4334 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment is year round and children as young as five can join the program.