Karate-do is a Japanese martial art, originating in the Ryukyu Islands (present-day Okinawa prefecture, Japan).
It is one of the many styles of KARATE-DO that exist. It was founded by Kenwa Mabuni Sensei, a prestigious Okinawan expert, widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in modern karate. You can find a lot of information about him on the web.
SHITO RYU is the union (Not a mix) of two of the main styles practiced in Okinawa (Shuri-te and Naha-te).
Like judo, karate uses the Japanese system of kyu/dan. They are 9 degrees prior to obtaining shodan (black belt). The color of the belts usually varies from organization to organization. In the case of our school we have the following: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black
The exams are every three or four months, but ranks above brown belt, the students are examined every six months.
The SHODAN (black belt) exam will be held once a year in our dojo and will be applied directly by our technical director, Murayama sensei.
However, the students who meet the requirements and the necessary preparation at the time, can be examined at the HOMBU DOJO of our school (Monterrey, Mexico) or directly in Japan, on the dates scheduled at said locations.
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The 9th to 1st kyu certificates are issued by Murayama sensei; technical director of our school. Murayama sensei has been practicing karate-do for more than 50 years, was a direct student of Master Manzo Iwata, holds 8th Dan (WSKF), was captain and coach of Toyo University (Japan), as well as coach of the Mexican National Team.
The shodan certificates are issued by the World Shito Ryu Karate Do Federation, based in Japan, and signed both by its president; Master Iwata, and by the SOKE of our style (heir of the style), Master Mabuni.