Congratulations Mr. Ezra Scott. He has achieved the rank of Purple Belt in Jiu Jitsu, at the Zanshin Dojo with Mr Eric Silver. Ezra has been a regular student of Mr. Silver’s for six years and continues to excel in Jiu Jitsu as well as Karate. Well done sir!
Congratulations Mr. Neil Stinson. He has achieved the rank of Gokyu (5th) in Aikido at the Dojo of Nashville with Sensei Steve Matthews and Sensei Erwin Ricafort. Neil has trained Aikido for three years while continuing to train full time in karate as well. Well done sir!
Congratulations to Mr. Ezra Scott as he has achieved the rank of San Dan; 3rd degree Black Belt in Shuri Ryu. Mr Scott trains with passion, integrity and grit. He recently competed in the elite competion, the 2017 Trias Cup. Congratulations Mr Scott.
Master Phillip Koeppel and Mr. Ezra Scott
Mr. Neil Stinson has passed examination and received the rank of 6th kyu at Dojo of Nashville. The Dojo of Nashville is a well established Aikido school in Nashville. Mr Stinson has been training Aikido with them for about a couple of years with Sensei Steve Matthews and Sensei Erwin Ricafort.
Congratulation Mr. Stinson. Thank you Dojo of Nashville.
Top Left to right: Sensei Steve Matthews, Eric San Bottom Left to right: Charles McGruder, Neil Stinson, Dan Lavelle, Kim Schultz
Mr Roy Baldwin has successfully met all requirements for a Blue Belt in McLain’s Kosho School of Karate. This is no small achievement for the Shuri Ryu Standards hand down to us from Sensei Master McLain are difficult, and demanding.
Mr. Baldwin began training roughly two years ago. He’s demonstrated excellent stewardship for the Kosho School. He does not miss an opportunity to express his love, reverence and appreciation for Sensei McLain and his teachings.
We, at the Kosho School are very proud to announce Mr. Roy Baldwin’s promotion. Thank you for training Mr. Baldwin…. well done.
Mr. Ezra Scott, Mr. Roy Baldwin. Blue Belt test
It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing a stong man of Karate. Mr Tom Awad passed away after a long battle with illness. A loving husband, father and brother, he is remembered and missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Awad began studying karate as a young man, joining his brothers in every adventure the art took them. Tom Awad is well known to the karate world as a fierce competitor, a man of remarkable strength and power. His “Kia” shook walls. At the Kosho School he would spar with anyone, as he was willing to demonstrate his excellent technique. He was a patient, kind teacher to all students he encountered. Thanks you for all you shared with us, Mr. Awad. You shall never be forgotten.
Mr Awad had incredible technique. He is seen here in a seminar.
Mr Mike Awad, Mr. Tom Awad Jr., Mr Tom Awad
The Awad Brothers are long time friends and students of Master Phillip Koeppel seen here in 1992
Tom Awad was a long time student and friend of Sensei James McLain seen below.
Mr Tom Awad is seen here as the winner of the Trias Cup.
It is with deep sadness the we announce the passing of Sensei James McLain. He had been in and out of the hospital for the past several weeks and most recently took a severe turn for the worse. Sensei McLain passed away earlier this afternoon in comfort surrounded by family, friends and students.
Sensei McLain touched many thousands of souls during his time on Earth. He is responsible for a strong, tough and defined branch of the Kosho Shuri Ryu Karate Lineage. As is often said, the story of American Karate cannot be written without including Sensei McLain’s narrative.
A true believer in the old school ways of doing things, his teaching had no short cuts, no simple paths to mastery and no easy techniques. His way, the Kosho Way is one of constant vigilance, continuous training and physical and spiritual perseverance.
His pride and confidence in his students was always made known at any competition. His love of friends was evident too. Over many years, the annual trip to Peoria to see his best friends was the highlight of his year. Much remiains to be said for Sensei McLain. But for now:
Thank you Sensei for your kindness, willingness to teach and for the Karate you’ve passed on. Rest in peace Sensei.