Congratulations to Anel Ruiz! Anel is elevated to the rank of Shodan August 7, 2011

August 15, 2011

USA Karate Academy dojo is happy to congratulate Anel Ruiz for passing her test and being elevated to the rank of Shodan.  Anel Ruiz is a student of Shorecrest High School and has been training in Shito-Ryu under the direction of Joni Sharrah for almost 10 years.  Anel is currently an assistant instructor at USA Karate Academy and has overcome many challenges through the years to achieve her newly earned rank. Anel’s rank promotion serves as a positive example for the up and coming youths  in that they get to see their assistant teacher set and achieve her long term goals.  As Anel recounts her journey toward preparing for and earning the rank of Shodan she reflected about her obstacles whereby a year ago, due to a severe ankle injury sustained while playing soccer, Anel lost her focus and felt like giving up karate.  When asked what got her back on track Anel says that she just needed a reminder of why she was in karate and found the needed reinforcement after talking with Shihan Joni.  ” I feel it has put into perspective where karate fits in my life”.  Anel credits her karate trainig at USA Karate Academy for providing structure in her life and teaching lessons beyond just kicking and punching that seem to be missing in today’s society, such as respect for authority, confidence and how to feel good about yourself.  When asked what message she may have for her kohai (students that she mentors), Anel said, ” When in doubt about your karate training, talk to Shihan Joni”.  In closing Anel says, ” Karate training is not easy but it is all worth it in the end”.


Belt Test and Promotion June 3rd

June 2, 2011

Nearly 25 testing candidates have been identified for belt test and promotion scheduled to take place Friday, June 3, 2011 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Parents, family members, and friends are welcome to observe the testing and cameras as well as video filming is approved.  The Black Belts of USA Karate Academy are requested to provide assistance for grading.  Good luck to all of the candidates.  Please follow the guidelines to ensure a smooth and successful experience in testing.

We encourage all testing candidates to do do the following:

  • Review the WELCOME PACKET concerning testing, progress checks and evaluations.  Go over dojo etiquette, guidelines for safety, and the principles.
  • Complete and turn in to the office the testing registration packet along with registration fees no later than 2 days prior to the test date.
  • Arrive to the dojo and be on the dojo mat for warm ups 15 minutes prior to the established start time of testing cermonies.
  • Bring a notebook with your testing outline along with all other karate documents that you have received since the inception of of your training.
  • Wear a clean, pressed, complete karate gi and obi.  
  • Yellow belts and above must bring all of the sparring equipment as prescribed.

 Complete safety gear is mandatory for all candidates, yellow belt and above. Youths 18 & under are required to wear an approved helmet with a face shield.  (For those who do not have one yet, the has a few of these helmets to borrow on on hand)  Other safety equipment that is required inlude mouthguard, naughahyde fist pads, and groin protection for males.  USA Karate Academy normally has the required equipment in stock and if the item is not currently available, an order may be placed with a 50% deposit and the balance paid at time of receipt of ordered items.

The dollars spent on a retail item directly supports the dojo.  We thank you in advance for purchasing all your martial arts equipment and uniforms directly from USA Karate Academy.


Belt Promotion & Progress Checks December 8 & 9

December 3, 2010

This Wednesday and Thursday, December 8th and 9th is an all dojo Progress Check.  The students who have been attending regularly, meeting their basic minimum requirements, and presenting a postive attitude in their homes, schools, dojo, and the community will be evaluated for their progress. Some students will be recognized with a new color of rank.  Other students who have not yet met all of the requirements for their next grade will be eligible to earn a black stripe on their belt which signifies the completion of meeting attendance requirements for the previous 4 – 6 weeks.  During the holiday season, we combine the progress checks and belt promotions into the regularly scheduled class times. Students who miss these dates, may be eligible for the next progress check and belt grade promotion on the first or second week of February 2011.


Colored Belt Rank Promotions October 9, 2010

October 4, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010 belt test and rank promotions will be conducted from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  Selected candidates for colored belt rank testing and promotions are required to have their “Intent to Promote” forms signed by their parent(s) and an academic teacher at least 1 week prior to the testing date. Family and friends are invited to attend.


September Testing

September 8, 2010

September 11th is the makeup testing date. Blue Belts and Under will be from 1-2:30 and Purple Belts and above will be from 3-5. Feel free to bring your family and friends to enjoy this experience with you and to cheer you on!


Belt Rank Promotions Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 23, 2010

Rank promotions and belt award ceremonies for the 22 testing candidates will be conducted Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm for Juniors and 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm for Teens and Adults. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of class. Spectators are welcome and may bring their cameras and celebratory support and energy. All candidates should be in a complete karate gi. (NO T-Shirts). Those students are not eligible for graduation at this time will be receiving their stripes to recognize their good attendance and steady progress.


Danny Lane Promotes Shihan Joni Sharrah to 7th Dan

March 25, 2010

Watch “Joni Black Belt,” known to us as Shihan Joni Sharrah, get promoted to 7th Dan in the World Martial Arts Federation, by Danny Lane.


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