MPKA Awards are an extra incentive that can be earned only by those students showing excellence in various categories. They cannot be earned with money; they must be earned with desire. These awards have nothing to do with your rank. You can be a very good student and Karateka and never earn an award. As you will discover, these awards are difficult to earn. They separate the super from the very good.  These are the awards you can earn....  (Patch Location Chart)


S.T.O.R.M

Junior Leader

Presidential Sports Award

Excellence in Free Sparring (Kumite)

Excellence in Techniques

Excellence in Forms and Katas

Excellence in Throwing and Falling

Excellence in Attitude and Fighting Spirit

Excellence in Attendance

Chinese Bandit

Five Hundred (500) Hours

One Thousand (1000) Hours

Tournament Patch

Instructors Patch

Weapons Patch

Honors

Academic Achievement Patch

Why are there so many awards?

Storm Patch (click here for program info)

                Special Team of Role Models A ten-step program for producing students of high moral character. Strong Healthy bodies, respect for our fellow human beings, who are willing to help others, to educate young minds, to develop the spirit, and to create Good productive citizens. 3rd Patch down on Right Sleeve. (Patch Location Chart)

Presidential Sports Award (click here for program info)

                Must have a total of sixty (60) hours class attendance in a three (3) month period. You can only count (1) hour each day. Left Upper Sleeve Below the American Flag (Patch Location Chart)

Junior Leader

           Earned by purple/blue/red belt rank only. Must teach class once each week. Excellent attendance. Must have all patches sewn on Gi. Have earned tournament patch and have a winning record. Have own personal sparring gear. One book report turned in on the red book- Beginners Manual- 4 pages long and typed. Must own a copy of the Red Book. Polite manners yes sir- no ma'am -etc. Must have an excellent attitude in class. Right Chest (Patch Location Chart)

Excellence in Free Sparring (Kumite)

            Ten (10) sparring trophies. You must be very fast and accurate, have a variety of techniques, and enter tournaments. Your kicks must be high and powerful and your punches deadly. your techniques must be done in combination form.  Right Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Excellence in Techniques

            One hundred (100) techniques.  You must be outstanding at all times.  You must have excellent form and must know all the techniques up to your rank like the back of your hand.  They must be automatic reflexes.  You must be able to move with utmost speed the moment you hear the technique called out.  You must understand each technique as to exactly where and how you are making contact to an opponent.  Technique execution must be accomplished in split seconds.  Your control must be to perfection. Left Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Excellence in Forms and Katas

            Ten (10) kata trophies and fifteen (15) katas.  Your form must be to perfection.  You must understand each and every move and be able to explain them without question.  You must demonstrate this ability in tournaments. Right Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Excellence in Throwing and Falling

            Seventy-five (75) throws and falls.  You must be able to execute throws to perfection and understand exactly what you are doing.  All falls must be very advanced and crisp.  You must be able to be thrown in any way possible and land your body under complete control at all times.  You must be able to handle multiple attacks by throwing many different people in a large variety of ways in a matter of seconds. Right Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Excellence in Attitude and Fighting Spirit

            Outline eight (8) books that are required reading.  Your concentration in class must be to the utmost at all times.  You must never stop trying to do better each time.  Horseplay, long periods of rest, and always watching the other fellow are out.  You do not play follow the leader, you must lead.  You must believe in your heart that you are one of the best students in the school and all of Karate.  You must be able to endure pain, tiredness, dizziness, and complete body fatigue.  You must have a desire to help other students to learn and to become better.  You must love Karate, it has to become a large part of your life.  You must read and understand the various Karate, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, self-defense books on the market and in the library.  Left Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Excellence in Attendance

            You must have at least a total of one hundred four (104) class hours for a one (1) year period.  This means that you must attend classes at least two (2) times a week, every week.  Each class counts for one (1) hour.  This period can begin anytime that you desire.  You can earn a hash mark for every time that you accomplish this goal. Left Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Chinese Bandit

            You must win ten (10) trophies in open competition.  Must be first, second, or third place. Right Upper Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Five Hundred (500) Hours

            Must have a total of five hundred (500) class hours. Left Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

One Thousand (1000) Hours

            Must have a total of one thousand (1000) hours. Right Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Tournament Patch

            Must enter a total of three (3) tournaments. Right Upper Sleeve Below the Chinese Bandit Patch  (Patch Location Chart)

Instructors Patch

            Awarded to those who are excellent teachers. Right Chest  (Patch Location Chart)

Weapons Patch

            Ten (10) weapons trophies. You must be able to perform five (5) weapons kata to perfection. Your moves must be precise and flow evenly. Excitement is the key word here. Right Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Honors

             This hash mark is awarded to those students who have made their schools honors list for one year.  The student must receive ALL As & Bs on their report cards all year long. The student must also be a member of M.P.K.A. for one year. We must have a copy of report cards for M.P.K.A. files.  Home schooling does not count towards this award.  Left Lower Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

Academic Achievement Patch

             This patch is awarded to those students who have made their schools honors list two years in a row.  This means that the student must receive ALL As & Bs on their report cards all year long.  The student must also be a member of M.P.K.A. for those two straight years.  We must have a copy of report cards for M.P.K.A. files.   Home schooling does not count towards this award.      Middle Left Sleeve  (Patch Location Chart)

Golden Dragon Patch 

                    Must be a member of The Dragon Society. Only Black Belts possessing the highest morals qualify, excellent fighting skills and kata performance, and possessing unique characteristic are eligible to be inducted into this group. Bottom of Left Sleeve (Patch Location Chart)

The Reason for having so many patches, belts and awards to earn, was best said by Bruce Lee- It is not the final destination that counts, it is the journey along the way that is important. Any final goal, especially Black Belt, must be accomplished step by step. It is a learning process. A motivational experience, a character builder, and a journey filled with fun and excitement.

The time spent in the Martial Arts should be like no other time it should be very special, filled with warm memories and personal development.

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This page was last updated on 04/03/10
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