Thank you to all the black belts that came to promotion on August 18, 2018. It was great to have you in attendance and we hope to see you all soon. Congratulations to the newest black belt at The Art of Karate, Miss Kendal Conley. She has done a phenomenal job and we are grateful to have her here.
Saturday, August 18, 2018 marked the 532 promotion for The Art of Karate and all students did very well. If they struggled with something, they stopped, took a breath and came back stronger and conquered what gave them a problem. We are so proud of each and every one of them.
This year and a half has been very hard on The Art of Karate. With the death of our founder and Grand Master James Dean Rudibaugh, not a year later Mr. Thomas Casale and now it breaks my heart to announce that Mr. Paul Brailer 2nd Degree Black Belt lost his battle with on going health issues on Wednesday September 13. In remembrance of this great man, we will be closed on Monday September 18 and Tuesday September 19 so that all may go and pay their respects. His calling hours are from 4-8pm on Monday and the funeral is Tuesday at 11am. Both at Canfield Hickman in Barberton. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery and luncheon at Guys Party Center.
Our hearts were broken yet again as we have lost another one of our own. Mr. Thomas Casale passed away suddenly on November 27, 2016. He has been a part of the AOK family for over 30 years. He will be greatly missed by all.
So hard to believed this was one year ago today. Mr. Rudibaugh was the foundation of The Art of Karate and his passing has left a huge void in all of us. His spirit lives in all of us. We cherish him and his teachings. Much respect Mr. Rudibaugh.