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Great school, the kids have a lot of fun and the instructors are very serious. When you see a kid with a black belt you know they worked a lot to reach there.

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I knew nothing about martial arts when our sons started training at Karate West almost 5 years ago (they were ages 4y and 8y). In fact I thought it might make them fight.
But now I’m so glad we gave it a try! They have learned leadership skills and how to stand up to bullies (without fighting). They’ve learned about healthy life style and goal setting.
My shy little boy found his confidence and my busy little boy found his focus. We’ve also made some awesome friends and the boys have found a passion that keeps challenging them both physically and mentally!

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I went to Karate West as a child and now my two boys are students at the Issaquah Dojo. While Karate West is a large school, they do an amazing job of creating personal connections with the students and parents. I highly recommend Karate West!

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Me and my two girls go to Karate West, we couldn’t ask for a better place to supply our girls with a large number of role models.

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I attended this school as a teen until I left for college and I can honestly say that Karate West is on of the reasons that I am a successful adult today. This school not only teaches students martial arts but arguably more important are the life skills they show their students. I owe Karate West and it team of amazing teachers and assistants for my success in life.

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Belt Promotion Testing & Registration

Testing for Black Belt

We are excited to test students for black belt on November 13, 2020. This will include: Nidan, Shodan, Shodan-Ho. The process for Ichi Kyu students testing for Black Belt is as follows:

  1. The Prep Course Interview will take place during the student’s regular class time (In-Person or Zoom) on Monday 9/28 and Tuesday 9/29
  2. The Interview is required for all students wishing to attend the Prep Course.
  3. The Interview will include two of the black belt test kata and demonstration of important basics.
  4. It will be determined if the student displays enough proper technique to enter the Prep Course and work on Black Belt material for their upcoming test.
  5. Students will be able to sign up for their In-Person Prep Course classes after the interview.
  6. An “Exit Interview” will be held in person on Saturday, October 31st at 7am for both In-Person and Zoom students. Students will receive recommendation whether to proceed with testing or wait to test if they are not deemed ready.
  7. Students accepted into the Prep Course will attend specialized in-person training every Saturday (choose 7am or 8am) beginning October 3rd to prepare them to test for Black Belt. We are waiving the usual Prep Course fee of $199.
  8. The Black Belt test registration opens November 2nd. Students must register by this date. Mark your calendars!
  9. The Black Belt tests will be held In-Person on Friday, November 13th.
  10. Students who pass their test will receive their awards in a Drive Through Award ceremony at the Issaquah dojo on November 14th to celebrate this exciting accomplishment!

Ichi Kyu’s must have approval from Sensei Jackie, before registering to test.

Black Belts: Nidan, Shodan, Shodan-Ho