It has been an eventful time within the Martial Arts Studio at TSA. Recently 3 students were presented with their Shodan (Beginning Black Belt). Sierra Hines, Melina Del Toro, and Cameron Cox were each presented a certificate from the Seiwakai Goju Ryu Karatedo. Also receiving a certificate was senior Sydney Pfeiffer, who has the distinction of being the first TSA student to receive their Nidan (2nd Black Belt).
In addition to the student honors, Sensei Mark Cramer was also bestowed the title of Renshi from the Japan Karatedo Federation, which is part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology. This organization is led by a minister appointed by the Japanese Prime Minister and oversees all styles of Traditional Japanese Karate. Loosely translated this title means “Polished Expert,” and the recipient of this title must but 5th dan and above for a minimum of 3 years and be older than 40. Sensei Cramer also competed at the USA National Championships and Team Trials this past summer. There he earned a gold medal in men’s 55 years and older kata division and also won a bronze medal in the Men’s Goju Ryu Style-Specific Kata division.
Such successes are commonplace at Great Lakes Seiwakai. TSA is proud to be a part of this prestigious Dojo which was just named the Homba (Head) Dojo for the Eastern United States for the Japan Karatedo Federation Goju Kai. Our students are truly lucky to have access to such an amazing program that is continuously opening doors for them in the world of Karate.