To achieve a black belt takes four and a half years or more of dedication, motivation and hard work. You must earn your black belt. A good attitude and consistent classes is only part of this goal.

Black Belts have many responsibilities. They must maintain their classes. Each year, they are required to attend two black belt promotions and assist with two Green/Brown belt promotionals. Each black belt is responsible for regular evaluations:


Chief Instructor Hanshi Tom Starr – 8th Dan of Starr’s Black Belt Academy and United States Shihan Kai Organization is proud to announce his Black Belt Instructors:

Shihan Dai James Bucci – 5th Dan – Assistant Instructor

Sensei Sue Starr – 4th Dan

Sensei Mike Marullo – 4th Dan – Assistant Instructor

Hanshi would like to thank all the black belts for their commitment and dedication as being good role models and setting a good example for all other lower rank students.

Class Schedule


7 PM to 8 PM — Green, Brown & Black Belts


7 PM to 8 PM — Black Belts


7 PM to 8 PM — Green, Brown & Black Belts


9 AM to 9:30 AM — Black Belts

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM — All Ranks


Black Belt Traits

  1. The black belt represents high personal standards.
  2. Black belts have high levels of self confidence in their ability to follow through and get the job done despite any obstacles 
  3. Black belts have razor sharp focus and concentration skills.
  4. Black belts are secure in their ability to take care of themselves and feel no need to show off or brag.
  5. Black belts are trained in an atmosphere of respect and courtesy.
  6. Black belts develop intense levels of self discipline and self-control that aid them in all areas of achievement.
  7. Black belts finish jobs. The world is full of great starters, the black belt realizes that it’s the completion of the final 10-15% of a project that separates the best of us from the rest of us.
  8. Black belts are healthy, coordinated people who value their physical and mental well being. They are less apt to fall into abusive habits that might threaten their sense of wellness.
  9. Black belts are leaders. Leadership training is an important aspect of advance training in martial arts.
  10. Black belts place a strong value on contribution and service to others. Black belt training teaches that we can have anything in life we want as long as we help as many people as possible achieve what they want in life.