Congratulations Mr. Russell

Congratulations to Mr. Chris Russell as he has achieved a rank of 7th kyu, Yellow Belt in Shuri Ryu Karate. Mr Russell has been training for over a year, including two winters. He demonstrates excellent committment and spirit in his training. We are grateful to count him among our karate-ka. Mr. Spencer called him the best white belt he had seen. And as Mr. Garrett is fond of saying, the yellow belt is the probably the hardest rank to achieve other than Sho Dan. Congratulations Mr. Russell.

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Meet our Yellow Striped Dragons

Meet the Kosho School of Karate’s Yellow Striped Dragons. Each of these youngsters have been training for six months, showing great effort and passion. Congratulations Dragons. We are proud of our youngsters.

Yellow Striped Dragons and Sensei

Left to Right: Winston Apthorp (6), Eleanor Apthorp (7), Jim Stinson (4) Nora Stinson (9). Mr. Neil Stinson – 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

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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