Loyola University Maryland

Jujitsu Club at Loyola

Black Belt

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At the beginning, you have a white belt. It symbolizes the beginner's mind, pure and unfettered. There are no questions about right and wrong and no hesitation because the beginner hasn't enough skill to intentionally do anything wrong. He is all innocence with intentions as clean and white as the belt around his waist.

Gradually, as the student trains, the belt becomes stained. Finally, after years of staining, the belt begins to take on the black hue we now associate with mastery. But this is only the middle of a true martial artist's journey. At this point, he is in the darkest and most dangerous place in his journey toward mastery. It is when he has more skill than wisdom. His intentions tainted by the ability to hurt people.

In the third and final stage, the belt ages along with its wearer. It becomes frayed, and eventually, is a tattered white belt, as its wearer learns difficult lessons about being deduced by anger and hate. It becomes white again, as the martial artist's intentions become pure again. Experience deepens his insight, and he now knows when it is right to fight and when it is not. His journey comes full circle in mastery. He has the skill of a great fighter, a clear and unfettered mind to guide his use of it, and a white belt around his waist to symbolize it.

Black Belts as of 2016

Promoted by Donna Mathews, Hanshi. (Kudan)

 Name    Date  Certification
Sensei Michael Jordan
Sandan
2011
Basic & Advanced Self-Defense Instructor Certification, Basic Self-Defense Security Defense Certified
Sensei Raelene Menseses-Sheets
Sandan
2009
Basic Open Hand Self-Defense Instructor Certificate, Advanced Self-Defense
Sensei Timothy Enders
Nidan
2006
Basic Open Hand Self-Defense Instructor Certificate
Sensei Ryan Newcomer
Sandan
2005
Basic & Advanced Open Hand Self-Defense Instructor Certificate,  (Deceased)

 Name    Date
Philip Browning Nidan 2011

Michael Jordan

Shodan

2010

Edward Birrane
Shodan
2005
Charles Duva
Shodan
2005
Chris Styles
Shodan
2005
Vincent Hayes
Shodan
2004
Adam Sasso
Shodan
2004
Victor Tabling
Shodan
2004
Geoff Sasso
Shodan
2003
Michael Myonuk
Shodan
1995

 Name    Date

Mark Mangano

Shodan 2008
Kevin Dougherty Shodan 2008
Jennifer McNamara Shodan 2008
 Michael Geib Shodan 2011
 Michael Berk Shodan 2011
 Justine Genovese Shodan 2013
 Emily Hallameyer Shodan 2014
 John Sherman Shodan 2015
 Elesa Knowels Shodan 2016

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