Black Belt Testing

Black Belt Testing

Black belt testing is a special event in the Laramie Kempo Karate Club where promotion to any degree black belt is not easy.  Shodan, or first degree black belt, typically takes a minimum of 5 years and, more typically, 6 to 8 years.  We hold the philosophy that attaining the rank of Shodan is the sign of a serious student – not the attainment of a final goal.  It is a moment of celebration, though, for the instructors as well as those testing for black belt.

Black Belt testing was held February 4, 2017.

Brian Baker and Bailey Abbott tested for their Shodan (1st degree black belt) rank.  Several visiting Laramie Kempo black belts were also present to not only put Brian and Bailey through their paces, but also to celebrate their attainment of the rank.

black belt testBlack Belt testing was held May 9, 2015.

Ed and Katie Kempema, father and daughter, tested for their Shodan (1st degree black belt) rank.  Several visiting Laramie Kempo black belts were also present to not only put Ed and Katie through their paces, but also to celebrate their attainment of the rank.

karate 003Black Belt Testing and Promotions

A special black belt test was held on September 14, 2013.
Ross Tolman and Tiffany Young were tested for the Nidan rank
(second degree black belt).
Also in attendance in addition to Kyoshi Amber Travsky
were Kempo Black Belts:

  • Rich Travsky (5th Dan) from Laramie
  • Karen Rogers (3rd Dan) from Cheyenne
  • Shawn Palmer (2nd Dan) from Laramie
  • Nick Haderlie (1st Dan) from Sheridan.

karate 001bRoss and Tiffany autograph boards they broke during their test.