Sugar Groveâ€”Rockyâ€™s Dojo and Gym, Inc. (Champion Karate Studio) promoted Sensei Carlos Carranza of Montgomery, 36, to 5th Degree Black Belt on Saturday, Sept. 25, at its facility in Sugar Grove.
Ron and Rocky Troutman, co-owners and Master Senseisâ€™ of Rockyâ€™s Dojo and Gym, Inc., have promoted more than 100 students to the black belt ranking in the past, but only two have achieved the coveted rank of 5th degree. In this esteemed black belt ranking, there are over 10 degrees, taking over five years of training between promotions, a tremendous lifetime commitment and achievement.
In 1984, at the age of 10, Sensei Carlos moved from Mexico, his birthplace, to Aurora. Carlos received his U.S. citizenship in 2001. His love of karate began in 1992, when he decided to take karate courses through Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove with his best friend and fellow 5th degree Black Belt, Sensei Chris Moore, also a student at Rockyâ€™s.
In 1995, Carlos received his 1st degree Black Belt in Karate. After 18 years of working diligently in martial arts, Carlos earned his 5th degree black belt rank.
In 2002, Sensei Carlos earned a bachelorâ€™s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and achieved his MBA from Illinois Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill., in 2005. He currently is employed by Molex Incorporated in Lisle as a product design engineer.
Carlos commented on his love of martial arts. â€œKarate is one of the most mental and physical extra-curricular sports I have participated in. It has helped me deal with the stresses of life, increased my patience level, given me confidence and a higher self esteem and most certainly made me physically stronger. I am honored to have earned this degree at one of the best dojos in the country; Seneis Ron and Rocky Troutman are tough instructors, but extremely fair. I am pleased to say the sport of karate has made me an all-around better person and it has become a staple in my daily life.â€