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

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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

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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.

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

Our New Yellow Belt

Congratulations Mr. Patrick Boals on his promotion to Yellow Belt.

7th Kyu is one of the most difficult ranks to obtain at this school.

Congratulations Mr. Boals on your hard work and dedication to Shuri-Ryu Karate.

Mr Stinson Congratulates Mr Boals on his Yellow Belt

Mr Stinson Congratulates Mr Boals on his Yellow Belt

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Mr Jason Tillman, Mr. Patrick Bolas, Mr. Ezra Scott, Mr. Neil Stinson 20141007_111756

Our new Shodan

On Saturday, Mr Neil Stinson was promoted to the rank of Shodan. Congratulations Mr. Stinson.

“great thanks and appreciation to everyone to have trained with me these passed years. I am honored to be Sensei McLain’s student and honored to train Shuri Ryu Karate. Thank You Sensei, Mr. England, Mr. Scott, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Tillman.”

Sensei McLain 9th Dan and Mr. Stinson 1st Dan

Sensei McLain 9th Dan and Mr. Stinson 1st Dan

McLain's Kosho School of Karate 2014

McLain’s Kosho School of Karate 2014

 

Promotions

McLain's Kosho Karate SchoolWe’ve had several promotions to announce this season.

Congratulations to Mr. Ezra Scott, head instructor for McLain’s Kosho School of Karate. He’s been promoted to Ni Dan.

Congratulations to Mr. Richard Garrett. He’s been promoted the Ni Kyu.

Congratulations to Mr. Jason Tillman. He’s most recently been promoted to 4th Kyu.

Congratulations to our newest member, Mr. Patrick Boals. A White Belt, he has earned his Black Dot initiating him as a student of Shuri-Ryu Karate

The 2104 USKK Grand International Tournament, the 30th anniversary of this competition is coming on June 20-22nd. Good luck to all competitors!