Sensei Churton Toote, founder of the Abaco Karate Academy, promoted several of his students on Dec. 11 at the Dundas Town Burial Society. Sensei Toote instructs the students from the Nisei Goju Ryu Karate system.
Among those receiving promotions to green belt were Brandon Frank; Tayjoun McDonald; Marlon Russell; Joshua Smith; and Ashton McDonald. Jessica Pierre was promoted to purple belt; and Steve Jeffery to yellow belt ranking. Wilken Lorfils was awarded a certificate of appreciation for his dedication and his contributions to the academy.
Sensei Toote invited the students to demonstrate what they had learned, beginning with five-year-old Brandon. Under his instruction, they quickly completed the detailed movements of their katas and every now and then one would cry out from the exertion of their technique.
Sensei Toote began martial arts training at the age of 18, quickly advancing through the degrees of Black Belt, and in 1997 he was inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame by the Eastern USA International Martial Arts Association.
Karate classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.