John passed his first test and shows off his certificate. He put in a lot of work, especially learning the Japanese terms, and then did a fine job on his test. Congratulations, John.
On October 4th, 2014, Dan Means and Jo Bonanno completed the challenge and earned their new dan* ranks.
Following the new dan promotions, in a low-key but much appreciated ceremony, Terry Sanders, hanshi promoted Sensei Kraig Schlosser to sichidan (7th dan) and Sensei Jim Brumbaugh to hachidan (8th dan).
*Dan (pronounced “don”) is the Japanese term for black belt rank. For example, rokudan means 6th dan or 6th degree black belt.
The title of Hanshi means a senior expert, considered a “teacher of teachers”. Hanchi Sanders is the highest ranking person in our style of karate and the style head of Shorei-ryu.
James wins the August 2014 Odayaka Poker Tournament.
An Odayaka-style Poker Tournament is a unique contest in which the players must demonstrate excellent karate techniques in order to get a card. Each student gets seven cards and the best poker hand wins. It was a close contest with both James and Evan holding flushes, but James’ was just a bit higher. Great competition everyone!
It was noted in adult class on August 12th, 2014, that we had a kyu rank representing every belt color in our system from white to brown.
Nice to have a full house!