New Junior Black Belt At Genbu-Kai In Wellington

Kota Ramsey with Sensei Keith Moore.

Genbu-Kai Karate is proud to announce the promotion of its first junior black belt, Kota Ramsey.

Ramsey started in the Karate Kid program (3 to 6 years old) in April 2010 and advanced to the rank of 7th kyu, the last beginner level. He then moved on to the junior karate program, which he has been active in for the past 6 years, at least three times per week. Ramsey tested for his rank during Genbu-Kai’s annual seminar events in front of Demura Shihan.

Due to Ramsey’s age, physical size and maturity level, he has since moved into the adult program and is currently a 6th kyu adult green belt and working his way toward the adult black belt.

In Genbu-Kai, anyone testing for their 1st level black belt ranks are presented with either a plain red or black belt. For juniors (under 18), a plain red belt is awarded, while a plain black belt is awarded to adults. After this initial promotion, students must wait and prove their dedication, and within a year’s time are awarded their official Sho-Dan ranks (red or black belts), with their names embroidered on one side in Katakana, and the other side with the name of the organization. In today’s society, many who test and pass this rank often quit shortly afterward, thinking they’ve reached the top. However, this is the first step in understanding the true essence of martial arts training.

Genbu-Kai Karate is conveniently located in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For information on classes, call (561) 804-1002 or visit