Newest white belt

Mr Chris Russell has been training at the Kosho Karate school and recently earned a black for on his belt. This signifies that he is a formal student with regular participation and excellent spirit at the Kosho School. Congratulations Mr. Russell.

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Congratulations Mr. Baldwin

Congratulations to Mr. Chris Baldwin as he has achieve he rank of Green Belt 5th Kyu. Mr. Baldwin trains several times a week. He has worked extremely hard to learn Karate. Thank you for training Mr. Baldwin and congratulations.

Left to right. Mr. Richard Garrett, Mr. Neil Stinson, Mr. William Spencer, Mr. Ezra Scott, Mr. Chris Baldwin, Mr. Chris Russell

Promotions

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!

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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!

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Mr. Ezra Scott achieves the rank of San Dan.

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. Stinson achieves rank in Aikido

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

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.

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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

 

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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.

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Mr Tom Awad is seen here as the winner of the Trias Cup. r1-06287-023a