Andrew's Curriculum Vitae

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Karate

11 years

Have been studying martial arts (specifically kenshikai karate style) for 11 years

Riverdale Kenshikai Karate

Have been practicing martial arts at the Riverdale Kenshikai Karate dojo

Nidan

Have attained the nidan rank (second-degree black belt)

Early Age

Joining Riverdale Kenshikai Karate

After moving to Riverdale and discovering a lot of programs here (such as the RRS theatre program), my parents discovered Riverdale Kenshikai Karate and decided to enroll me there. Though I was initially reluctant to go to classes, they eventually grew on me and I have never stopped training there. I started when I was 6, and have been going ever since. Click the title to go to their homepage.

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Nidan '19

After four long years of training, I eventually attained my nidan, or second-degree black belt, rank in October 2019.

Shodan '15

I attained my shodan, or first-degree black belt, rank in October 2015.

Color Belts '09-'14

After my white belt ranks, I progressed throgh four color belt ranks and their respective "advanced" stripes, with ten kyus (ranks) in total, including white and advanced white.

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Training

Progressions and Promotions

After a bit of a rough start, I became fascinated with karate and quickly started progressing through the ranks. Our belt ranks are as follows: white, blue, yellow, green, brown, black, with "advanced" stripes between each color belt. My promotion certificates are available above, in reverse order.

Seiunchin Kata (non-weapons)

Fusetsu Dai Kata (weapons)

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Videos

Demonstrations

Here I have a few videos of my demomstrations. This includes videos recorded for a tournament held online in June 2020, with one weapons kata and one non-weapons kata. Side note, the above photo (I'm at the far right) is actually from the 2021 Kagami Biraki, a ceremonial workout where we welcome the new year.