Eleven-year-old Andre Leaureaux, member of the Saginaw Chippewa
Indian Tribe, has been selected as junior instructor at his karate
dojo, Original Okinawan Karate of Holt, LLC.
As junior instructor, Leaureaux will assist in teaching beginner
and intermediate karate classes. He will assist in a monthly dojo
(when students move to the next belt/rank) testing, and receive
specialized training devoted to junior instructors.
In April 2011, at age 7, Leaureaux began karate lessons in the
Eagles Nest Tribal Gym, under the direction of Sensei Greg Morales.
Leaureaux trained under Morales for three years, reaching various
ranks until receiving his junior black belt in early 2014.
Leaureaux took a six-month break from karate and then joined
the OOKH dojo in Holt, Mich. in August 2014.
Depending on the karate students rank, specific katas
are given that must be mastered before moving to the next belt.
When the sensei feels the student is ready for the next belt, they
are notified of the next testing date.
In order to move to the next rank, the student must test to
demonstrate mastery of the katas in front of sensei. Leaureaux will
be assisting with each testing.
Leaureaux is part of the youth karate program for ages 5 to
13. As junior instructor, he helps teach students aged 5 to 9.
Before beginning as junior instructor, Leaureaux said what he
was looking most forward to was helping teach kids.
Leaureaux is a 6th grade student at the Saginaw Chippewa Academy.