Genbu-Kai Students Take First Step On Long Journey

Four students from Genbu-Kai Karate in Wellington recently tested and advanced to their first 10th kyu (level) ranking. It is the first step on a journey that will take them at least four years, before being potentially invited to test for their first black belt level.

Most traditional Japanese martial art schools start ranking at either 10th or 9th kyu and progress to 1st kyu. Time between ranks slows down as the student advances. This is to make sure the students not only retain and comprehend the physical requirements of their training, but also the mental aspects, including improvement in maturity levels.

Today, martial arts schools offer a variety of color belts to denote different rankings. Typically, white, yellow and orange belts denote beginner students; purple and green belts denote intermediates; and blue, brown and red denote advanced students. Usually, stripes are added either within the belt itself, or as tips on the end of the belts for additional ranking. At Genbu-Kai Karate, red belts are reserved for junior black belts (ages 7 to 12).

Genbu-Kai Karate teaches traditional Shito-Ryu Karate, and not only emphasizes self defense, but also incorporates methods in preventing bullying either at school or other social encounters. Most importantly, Genbu-Kai Karate teaches valuable life skills, which students learn to incorporate in their school, family and social lives respectfully.

Located in the Wellington Marketplace plaza, Genbu-Kai Karate offers the finest in traditional Japanese martial arts. All ages are welcome to come in and try a complimentary week. For more information, call (561) 804-1002 or visit

ABOVE: Bradley Diggs, Angel Garcia, Jezebelle Garcia and Mallory Wheeler with Assistant Instructor Brent Bedwell.