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We, at Spivey Karate, are so proud of Sarah Zorn. She was first female ever to lead the corps of cadets at the Citadel Military School. Her drive, determination, integrity and goal setting skills are the same as they were when she was achieving 3 1st Degree Black Belts at Spivey Karate, in Open Style Karate, Weapons & Traditional Japanese Chito Ryu Karate. Included are some photos of her various Black Belt tests.

Black Belt Accomplishments:

11 year old Ashton tested for Shodan Ho (1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Rank) in American Open-Style Karate on December 27, 2023 and successfully passed with a 91% score. Grandmaster Spivey spoke at his black belt ceremony about his very hard work, honor & loyalty as a martial artist. Ashton is also an assistant instructor for the 4-5 year old and 6-7 year old students classes, constantly helping & guiding them through their workouts. Way to go, Ashton!

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Owen Smith recently completed his test for Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Traditional Japanese Chito-Ryu Karate on November 3, 2023 and successfully passed. After the test, he had to perform the "Black Belt Ceremony." In the 1st part of the ceremony, his instructor (Bill Spivey Sr.) spoke about Owen's dedication, effort & skills. The 2nd part was speaking the names of Owen's bloodline (the Black Belts Instructors who came before him) so that they could be honored. The 3rd part was taking off the old belt & putting on the new Black Belt without letting the belts touch the floor while kneeling. This ceremony requires much practice and must be done correctly, or the first assignment as a Black Belt will be a failure. 13-year-old Owen Smith was perfect. Owen's next challenges are taking his Black Belt test in Open Style Weapons in the next few months and, in 12 months, passing his Black Belt exam in Open Style Karate. Great job, Owen!

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Bill Jr. tested for his 4th Dan Black Belt in Japanese Chito-Ryu Karate on October 28, 2023 and successfully passed. He lives in Longwood, FL. Well done!


Rob tested for his 5th Dan Black Belt in Spivey-Ryu Open-Style Karate on October 4, 2023 and successfully passed. He teaches at Curry Karate in Spring Hill, FL.  Great job, Rob!


Missy tested for her 5th Dan Black Belt in Japanese Chito-Ryu Karate and 5th Dan in Open-Style Karate on October 4, 2023 and successfully passed. Very Proud of her accomplishments and perseverance!

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Bryan tested for his 1st Dan Black Belt in Open-Style Karate at the age of 14 in February 3, 2023 and successfully passed. He began training with Spivey Karate on July 18, 2019. During that time, he has achieved Black Belts in traditional Japanese Chito-Ryu Karate & Open Style Weapons. He is currently working toward his 2nd Degree Black Belts in all 3 of the disciplines and is currenly training in Traditional Okinawan Kobudo (Weapons).

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Every martial artist should aspire to this level of discipline. Imagine the sound of 12,000 people rising to a five minute long standing ovation.


Watch the video and be inspired. 

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