Our newest Blue Belt, Congratulations Mr. Baldwin

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



Mr. Tom Awad, in remembrance

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. karate-251

Mr Awad had incredible technique. He is seen here in a seminar.



img_1995            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. r1-06287-023a

Sensei McLain, Rest in Peace


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.


Congratulations Mr. Richard Garrett, our newest Shodan

Tonight, Mr Richard Garrett tested and passes a rigorous examination to achieve the rank of Shodan. Sensei James McLain observed Mr. Garrett as he performed all Shuri Ryu standards, requested katas, executed over 15 self defenses, and matched each student in form sparring and kumite.

Mr. Richard Garrett, Shodan

Mr. Richard Garrett, Shodan


Sensei James McLain, Mr Richard Garrett

(left to right) Mr. Ezra Scott, Mr. William Spencer, Sensei James McLain, Mr. Richard Garrett, Mr. Jason Tillman, Mr. Neil Stinson

(left to right) Mr. Ezra Scott, Mr. William Spencer, Sensei James McLain, Mr. Richard Garrett, Mr. Jason Tillman, Mr. Neil Stinson

Mr. Garrett has been training at McLain’s Kosho School of Karate for nearly 9 years. He is a fierce competitor, known for powerful techniques and remarkable speed. It is an honor for all students who have been fortunate enough to have trained with him these many years. Congratulations. Mr Garrett.

Congratuations to our newest Shodan, Mr. William Spencer

Mr. William Spencer

Mr. William Spencer


Mr. William Spencer

Mr. William Spencer has achieved the rank of Shodan. Mr. Spencer has been a student and instructor under Sensei McLain since 1998. A native Nashvillian, he can also be found spending time his his son,  installing quality pools, and assisting Mr. McLain with his many day to day operations. No one has passed through the doors of the Kosho School who does not own Mr. Spencer tremendous gratitude for his many years of training. He is an excellent Karate-ka, an excellent father and friend. Congratulations Mr. Spencer.


top row, left to right: Mr. William Spencer, Sensei James McLain, Mr Nick Riggins, bottom row: Mr. Lou Owens, Mr. Jason Sewell