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We are adding two new belt colors to our rankings

Following the junior yellow, orange, and blue belt test on March 20th, Scottsdale Martial Arts Center (SMAC) will be adding two new belt colors to our ranking system in the teen, junior and pee wee programs: a green belt with a white stripe down the middle and a purple belt with a white stripe down the middle .

SMAC’s ranking system itself will not change. Sensei Ray and I believe that allowing students to earn new belts, rather than merely gaining stripes, will help students feel a greater sense of their own progress as they advance.

Currently we use the visual aid of strips to designate the six levels of rank within these colors. Most of our young students are in these color ranks for 1 1/2 to 2 years.  By adding a color modification to these color ranks, our children will experience and see a visual change in half that time; thus, having a positive motivational effect.  We must remember these are children.

To stay within the recognized color system of traditional karate, we went with the white strip down the middle of our current color vs going with a completely different color.

This change will only be made for teen, junior, and pee wee students. Adult students will not have any changes to their belt system. SMAC will replace belts for students who are currently 7th kyu and 5th kyu as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

2018 Junior International Cup and USA Open Results

After three days of competition, the Scottsdale Martial Arts Elite Competition team came away with 6 gold, 5 silver, and 8 bronze medals! Complete results are below;

Junior International Cup

Sabrina A.
2nd place in 16 year old Girls Advanced Kumite + 55 kg

Alison D.
3rd place in 16 year old Girls Advance Kumite +55 kg

Andrew G.
3rd place in 6 year old Boys Beginner Kata

CJ L.
3rd place in 11 year old Boys Advanced Kata

Ellery K.
3rd place in 11 year old Girls Intermediate Kata

Harlow K.
1st place in 9 year old Girls Beginner Kata
1st place in 9 year old Girls Beginner Kumite

Ryan O.
3rd place in 18-20 year old Boys Advanced Kumite -75 kg

Piper W.
2nd place in 7 year old Girls Beginner Kata
1st place in 7 year old Girls Beginner Kumite

USA Open