Several area students in Kenny Buffaloe's Kyokushin Karate adult, teen, & youth classes at the ROCK in Roanoke Rapids were recently promoted in rank.
These ranks were officially recognized and endorsed by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan. Sensei Kenny Buffaloe is the official North Carolina Representative of this worldwide organization with over 20 million members in 168 countries.
In Kyokushin Karate, rank is difficult to attain due to the high level and standards required for advancement. Students are tested on their technical abilities, attitudes, seriousness in training, fighting spirit and character.
In Kyokushin style karate, the Kumite (fighting portion of the test) is the most important requirement, 70 percent of the test, which is always full-contact fighting against multiple opponents consecutively without a break.
(Front row, left to right) Senpai Christian Buffaloe, class assistant, Yahir Claudio (9th Kyu/Blue Tip), Yarely Claudio (10th Kyu/Orange Belt), Aspen Best (10th Kyu/Orange Belt), James Havis (10th Kyu/Orange Belt), Easton Heath (10th Kyu/Orange Belt).
(Second Row - left to right) Tyler Beard (10th Kyu/Orange Belt), Noah Draughan (7th Kyu/Yellow Tip), Anthony Powell II (7th Kyu/Yellow Tip), Anthony Allende (8th Kyu/Blue Belt), Alejandro Allende (8th Kyu/Blue Belt), and Sensei Kenny Buffaloe, at far right.
Photo: Senpai Christian Buffaloe, Class Assistant, Michael Draughan (7th Kyu/Yellow Tip), Christhian Allende (8th Kyu/Blue Belt), Philip Griles (9th Kyu/Blue Tip), Caleb Garcia (9th Kyu/Blue Tip), and Sensei Kenny Buffaloe, Class Instructor, at far right.