Special Instructions to all Black Belt Candidates!

Dear 2018 Black Belt Candidates,

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming test on February 10. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to ask.

For a map of Buzz Durkin's Karate School and which room each test is located in please click here.

For test group listings please click here.

Please be aware of the following:

Junior Level One Test:

  • Please be sure all candidates must be properly dressed at ALL stages of the testing. A clean, white uniform with a “Uechiryu” patch is a must.
  • ALL CANDIDATES MUST BRING COMPLETE SPARRING GEAR IN A BAG (NO LOOSE GEAR)!
  • Please use the student entrance in the rear parking lot of the ATKINSON DOJO. There will be instructors waiting there to greet candidates and show them to their proper area for testing.
  • Please drop off the candidates no earlier than 8:00 am. The test will begin promptly at 8:30 am.
  • Please do NOT enter the dojo when dropping the candidates off. Experience has taught us that this slows the entry process.
  • The test should reach its conclusion at 10:30 am.  All parents are asked to park in the back for pickup.
  • To avoid unnecessary clutter and confusion in the dojo, parents of Junior Black Belt Candidates are asked to wait outside for both the drop-off and pickup of the candidates.

Junior Level Two, Three, & Four:

  • Please be sure all candidates must be properly dressed at ALL stages of the testing. A clean, white uniform with a “Uechiryu” patch is a must.
  • ALL CANDIDATES MUST BRING COMPLETE SPARRING GEAR IN A BAG (NO LOOSE GEAR)!
  • Please use the student entrance in the rear parking lot of the ATKINSON DOJO. There will be instructors waiting there to greet candidates and show them to their proper area for testing.
  • Please drop off the candidates no earlier than 11:00 am. The test will begin promptly at 11:30 am.
  • Please do NOT enter the dojo when dropping the candidates off. Experience has taught us that this slows the entry process.
  • The test should reach its conclusion before 1:30 pm.  All parents are asked to park in the back for pickup.
  • To avoid unnecessary clutter and confusion in the dojo, parents of Junior Black Belt Candidates are asked to wait outside for both the drop-off and pickup of the candidates.

Adult Test:

  • Doors will open for Shodan, Nidan and Sandan candidates at 1:30 pm.
  • Please use the student entrance in the rear parking lot of the ATKINSON DOJO.
  • All testing for the rank of Shodan, Nidan and Sandan will begin promptly at 2:00 pm, so be prompt!
  • Please report any injuries to the testing panel BEFORE the testing begins.
  • All Candidates must have a clean, white uniform with a patch.
  • Anything worn under the Gi top must be clean and white.
  • All female Candidates must wear appropriate garment(s) under the Gi top (all ages).
  • The Black Belt Candidate entrance to the Atkinson Dojo is in the rear (convenient access to the shoe room). Front entrance is for judges only!
  • Adult Sanchin testing will be performed with the Gi top off (no t-shirts for men).