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karateThe Orange Walk Shotokan Karate Club has been conducting karate training in full gear for the past six weeks. The club boasts 51 students from ages four and up involved in the training. Today after weeks of training nine of the 51 students got their first belt representing the first milestone of their journey towards attaining the coveted black belt. Our news team was present for the handing out of awards.

Yari Catzim- Reporting

Nine of the students in the Orange Walk Shotokan Karate Club were awarded today with their first level belts. The achievement is the first step towards completing the ten levels in the program.

Mervin Reyes- Orange Walk Shotokan Karate Club

“The white with yellow they have been training six weeks or some have ten and even twelve weeks and then you take the first exam. The exam consists of some of the same training that you saw us doing earlier.”

The rest of the group has already mastered this level and some of the students present today are already halfway to attaining their black belts.

Mervin Reyes- Orange Walk Shotokan Karate Club

“Then we are delivering the yellow and the orange and then the blue and green so within the last eight to nine months the school has already taken three exams. We take ne exam every three months and that is a significant improvement for the school right there because students who are at the green belt you come down from 9Q to 5Q. So within the next two years they have to make their way from 5Q to Shodat which is first degree black belt.”

We asked the newcomers how it felt to achieve their first level belt.

Alexia Guerra- karate student

“Good”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“What motivate you to want to learn karate?”

Alexia Guerra- karate student

“Just seeing how the fight”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“You want to be able to defend yourself?”

Alexia Guerra- karate student

“Yes”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“So, is it something you look forward to every week?”

Alexia Guerra- karate student

“Yes”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“You plan to continue?”

Alexia Guerra- karate student

“Yes”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“Can you show up one of the moves you have learned so far?”

Gaspar Vega Jr. - karate student

“I like the exercise”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“Have you made many friends here?”

Gaspar Vega Jr. - karate student

“Yes”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“You plan to continue in the program?”

Gaspar Vega Jr. - karate student

“Yap”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“Can you show us Gaspar what you have learnt so far and doyou think this will help you to defend yourself at school?”

Gaspar Vega Jr. - karate student

“Yes”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“But you don’t plan to get into any fight?”

Gaspar Vega Jr. - karate student

“No.”

As you can see for yourselves, the students are ready to continue the journey, and are obviously excited about the program.

Mervin Reyes- Orange Walk Shotokan Karate Club

“I think it is something new, I think it is discipline and I think it is a very good venue for the kids of Orange Walk to come and interact outside of the norm like your day to day school activities. SO i think it is very good for them because they are doing something different that is getting them away from the television and the games. So I think it is a combination of things.”

Reyes is carrying out a summer program apart from this training. If you are interested in more information on the program you can call 660-5024.

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