Seven Students from the Juneau Shotokan Karate club recently earned black belt rankings following examinations with Sensei Cathy Cline, a 7th degree black belt and the Northwest Regional Director for the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF).
Doug Murray was awarded Yondan (4th degree black belt).
Murray has been with the club since 1984 and has generously - and with great skill - been the instructor for the youth class for many years.
Steve Weaver and Kirk Radach were awarded the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt), Scott Davis was awarded the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt), and Craig Wilson, Ursula Iha and Kalino Iha all earned the rank of Shodan (1st degree blackbelt).
Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art, founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi.
Shotokan's guiding principles are character, sincerity, etiquette, effort and self-control.
The Juneau Shotokan Karate Club is a non-profit organization affiliated with the 4-H Clubs of America through the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.
All people age 7 and older are welcome.
For more information, please call Chief Instructor Diana Stevens at 790-4199, located at 9447 LaPerouse, or visit www.juneaushotokan.org.