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Kyu Exams

Three times per year,  students are graded in keeping with the high standards of the  International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) . Kyu Exams are meant as a milestones only: moments for review by experienced, certified examiners.

Taking Kyu Exams casually is a challenge, since being in such close proximity to ISKF headquarters enables Granite Forest Karate students to be reviewed by the highest ranking instructors in the world. In a display of ever-present humility, however, those instructors always emphasize the journey of personal development through Karate training, not belt color, as the larger goal.

Soon after each Exam, in front of gathered family members, friends, and training partners, each student shares in a Japanese feast before being presented with awards, an analysis of Exam performance and, if appropriate, a new obi (belt).

Shoto Kid Exams

Students aspiring to Shotokan training are reviewed three times annually by Sensei Costa as they develop their qualifications toward Shotokan training.

While Shoto Kids to not hold international ranking, ISKF performance and grading structures are utilized. Soon after each Exam, in front of gathered family members, friends, and Shotokan students, each Shoto Kid shares in a Japanese feast before being presented with his or her new rank and associated belt.

Ninja Exhibitions

Approximately every nine weeks, young Karate practitioners are given the opportunity to demonstrate some of their recently developed skills while surrounded by scores of applauding parents, teachers, grandparents, and other family members !

Afterward, each Ninja (and sibling, and parent) gets a custom-made ice cream sundae. Perhaps this is why our Ninja Exhibitions have become so famous!

Academic Grades

Education is considered the keystone of high achievement at Granite Forest Dojo. Accordingly, report card photocopies are required from all students attending school of any kind.

High grades are recognized by awards given during Kyu Exam ceremonies.

Long-Range Goal Setting

As a concept familiar to all Karate students, this practice has led to extraordinary accomplishments when brought into the rest of their lives as well.

To encourage this, Granite Forest Dojo hosts four-month-long Long Range Goal Challenges twice per year that have resulted in a wide range of achievements, insights, and social benefits.

Black Belt Projects

The highest Long Range Goals are achieved by those seeking to qualify for the coveted Dan (black belt) Exam.

Black Belt Projects must be properly submitted and approved more than a year prior to the student’s Dan Exam, as such lofty aspirations typically require upwards of a year to accomplish. When finally presented, all Tsunami Karate students benefit from the inspiration of these students’ extraordinary achievements.

Master Camp

Each year, Karate practitioners from around the globe come to the Philadelphia area to train with the greatest living Karate instructors during the prestigious annual ISKF Master Camp! async

That gathering is held a mere 20 minutes away from us in Camp Green Lane, PA. Yes, Granite Forest Dojo is the closest Karate school in the world to the most famous annual gathering of Karate practitioners! As a result of this good fortune (and decades of attendance by Sensei Costa), we are often honored to have high-ranking foreign and domestic instructors teach at our dojo.

Fall Camp

Each year in the Fall, Karate practitioners from around the globe come to the Philadelphia area to train with the greatest living Karate instructors during the prestigious annual ISKF Fall Camp!

That gathering is held a mere 20 minutes away from us in Camp Green Lane, PA. Yes, Granite Forest Dojo is the closest Karate school in the world to the most famous annual gathering of Karate practitioners! As a result of this good fortune (and decades of attendance by Sensei Costa).

Kangeiko Special Winter Training

Conducted for four consecutive days at dawn in early March, our annual Kangeiko tradition has become legendary for the challenges endured and the camaraderie created.

Sempai Party

Each year Sensei Costa and Sensei Barbara host an Italian feast for all students who have achieved the rank of Brown Belt or higher, along with their families!

It’s his way of celebrating their high achievements and meaningful contributions to the Granite Forest Dojo family.