Okami Dojo’s first graduation ceremony

Published 4:48 pm Thursday, May 29, 2014

Members of Okami Dojo’s first graduating class. From left to right, front to back: Shawn Higgins, Janessa Walton, Ira Walton, Isaiah Walton, Baker McInvale, Shelton Higgins, Jasmine Kelley, Eric Walton, Sensei Adrine Carter, Anna Walton. Students not pictured: Samuel Caffey IV, Jeston Thomas, Ashley Tate, Jasmine Smith, LaPorshia Johnson, Lanya Johnson and Kyron Johnson.

Members of Okami Dojo’s first graduating class.
From left to right, front to back: Shawn Higgins, Janessa Walton, Ira Walton, Isaiah Walton, Baker McInvale, Shelton Higgins, Jasmine Kelley, Eric Walton, Sensei Adrine Carter, Anna Walton.
Students not pictured: Samuel Caffey IV, Jeston Thomas, Ashley Tate, Jasmine Smith, LaPorshia Johnson, Lanya Johnson and Kyron Johnson.

The Okami Dojo, at 118 South Forest Avenue in downtown Luverne will hold its first ever belt ceremony Friday, June 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., during which 12 students will be promoted from white belt to yellow belt. Sensei Adrine Carter said the public is invited to attend to see what the young, local students have learned in the traditional Japanese art of shotokan karate.

Carter said the style is based on the principles of discipline, respect and honor and classes are open to anyone of all ages and levels of experience willing to “explore the beauty of martial arts.”

Group classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., wish special classes available to accommodate for specific scheduling needs. For information, contact Carter at 334-399-8603.