Mr. Jason Tillman has completed and passed his examination to achieve the rank of San Kyu, 3rd brown belt. He is one of only seven people to achieve this rank at McLain’s Kosho School of Karate. To reach this level at our school is no small achievement. This requires years of hard work, dedication and training. However, this type of achievement is no stranger to Mr. Tillman.
Since beginning his Karate training six years ago he has also seen the birth of two of four beautiful daughters. He is a devoted and loving father and husband. He has also achieved his Masters degree and is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Primary and Acute Care. During his Nurse Practitioner training he also complete 600 hours of clinical work. All while working his full time ER job.
Few know the kind of hard work, long hours and challenging circumstances Mr. Tillman has known. Congratulations on your Brown Belt. We all look forward to many years of continued training with you.
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. 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.
Mr Ezra Scott has achieved the rank of Blue Belt in the Zanshin Dojo. This is Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu. A blue belt in this discipline routinely requires 2 to 5 years of training to earn. Mr Scott has been training hard the past 2 years with Mr. Silver, Mr. Derrick Reynolds and Mr. Hank Quillen. When asked how he felt about his achievement, Mr. Scott replied “I like to work out and train hard.” Congratulations Mr. Scott on your achievement. The students of the McLain’s Kosho School salute you. We are honored to train with you and to have you as our Chief Instructor.
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.
Mr Richard Garrett has achieved the rank of Ik Kyu, 1st Brown Belt. He has also been feature on the popular podcast Chop Talk. Listen to his interviews here. Congratulations Mr. Garrett.