Area Karate Students Earn Promotion To Next Level

By  //  June 6, 2012

Ten Advance After Testing

Cocoa Beach Shorin-Ryu Karate students were tested for promotion to the next level June 1. (Image courtesy Des Chaskelson)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Students of all ages gathered at the Cocoa Beach Shorin-Ryu Karate School for rigorous testing for grading according the World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do standards June 1.

Kids, teens and adults were challenged to perform kata (forms), bunkai (forms with attackers) as well as board breaking.

The following students were successful in completing the requirements to be promoted to the next belt level:

Charlie Williams and Gannon Avery (Ik-kyu – black tips)

Jason Christian and Nick Davidson (Ni-Kyu Brown Belt)

Sue Hall (San Kyu Brown Tips)

Kris Villareal, Michael Hall and Rachel Motro (Yon- Kyu Green Belt)

Cody Villareal and Dustin Villareal (Yellow Belt).

The board of black belt judges included Sensei Des Chaskelson (5th degree), Sensei Phil Collins (4th degree); Sensei Tom DuJardin (4th degree); Joe Motro (2nd degree); Michael Motro (1st degree); Jeanne Chipman (1st degree), and Stu Warren (1st degree).

A number of Cocoa Beach Shorin-Ryu Karate students assisted with the testing including Jeff Tomberlin, ManonPowell, Michael Powell, Will Powell, Michael Goldberg and AJ  Barranco.

The testing comes a couple of weeks after the students participated in a Martial Arts For St Jude kata-thon, a non-stop karate demonstration of more than three hours to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

That event helped collect $4,405 for the St Jude Kids this year and brings the total amount raised in the four years of participation for Cocoa Beach Shorin-Ryu Karate students to more than $20,000.

“Our students have performed very well in all aspects of their karate training, both in meeting both the physical demands of self-defense and board breaking, as well as meeting the requirements for community service”, Chaskelson said.

The Cocoa Beach Shorin-Ryu Karate School welcomes beginners of all ages, kids, teens and adults.

For information, call 321-693-781 or visit