Was established to acknowledge and reward young students for their perseverance and dedication to the ideal of Uechi Karate. The minimum time requirement for junior black belts is four years practice.
The students are tested on the first five kata, kyu, and dan kumite, hojo undo, questions relating to martial arts history and tradition and free style sparring. The student must also have a letter of recommendation from his or her school teacher, and or principal.
The junior black belt program established by the Uechi Ryu Butokukai is the first of its kind in the history of Uechi karate and has the full endorsement of the Uechi family in Okinawa. Currently hundreds of young students are benefiting in life through their involvement and study of Uechi karate. Enhancement of both social and academic skills are but two of the many benefits enjoyed by the young students studying in the junior black belt program. Each black belt test culminates with a training session or special event to celebrate student’s success. Family members are encouraged to share in this special moment of black belt enhancement.
S.T.O.R.M. stands for Special Team of Role Models . It is a group of excellent young people who take time to assist the junior ranking students with their training. This leadership program has many benefits.
Benefits of teaching – in order to truly understand the Martial Arts, one must teach. Teaching has several benefits:
Star is a character education program developed by the Jefferson Center for Character Education, located in Pasadena, California. The Jefferson Center is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization founded in 1963 with the express purpose of teaching character education in both public and private schools. The Jefferson Center developed the S.T.A.R. program, currently used by over five thousand schools and fifty thousand classrooms across the country, and it has reached nearly two million students. The program S.T.A.R. in the Martial Arts has become an award winning addition to the curriculum of over six hundred martial arts schools nation wide, with more dojos implementing the program every year.
Alternate S.T.A.R. Model:
This alternative definition is emphasized mostly with older kids and teens.
Students are encouraged to participate in each month’s star theme and activity. At the start of a month, students may take a star sheet from the karate bulletin board and work on the theme and activity throughout the month.
The last week of the month students may return their completed star sheet with a parent’s signature to receive a star pin of accomplishment and patch of recognition for their uniform.
Parents are encouraged to sign the star sheet if and only if the student has actually met all the requirements on the sheet.