The Samurai Program is a Kyokushin-kan (the name of MKK’s style of Karate) black belt program. A student must be 10 years of age in order to take their black belt test. Students coming into the Samurai Program at the age of 8 will need approximately five years to obtain their black belt. As black belts all students at MKK are certified from Japan and regardless of age, are treated the same and given the same recognition as an adult.
The Samurai Program is taught twice per week and classes run for one hour. Students continue to learn new kata’s and reinforce their kihon. A complete curriculum is going to be done and available on dvd by the end of the year. This dvd will cover all requirements for promotion to the next belt level. There is 10 degrees of belts in both black belts and under black belts. Black belts are referred to as dans. Under black belts are kyu’s. In the Samurai Program new belts are given at promotions for each belt level the Samurai students test for.
While discipline is the core of the class the students will also play karate themed games that will test their skills while the student is having fun participating in the games. In the Samurai Program students will also learn how to deal with life situations including how to deal with a bully. Self-defense goes hand in hand with all that is taught at MKK.
The goal at MKK is to have well rounded students not only in the Dojo (training hall), but in society as well.