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

Sensei McLain, Rest in Peace

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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.

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Congratulations Mr. Jason Tillman

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.

Mr. Neil Stinson, Mr. William Spencer, Mr. Ezra Scott, Mr. Jason Tillman, Mr. Richard Garrett

Mr. Neil Stinson, Mr. William Spencer, Mr. Ezra Scott, Mr. Jason Tillman, Mr. Richard Garrett

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.

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Mr. Jason Tillman, San Kyu

Kosho Visit

Recently, our school had a weekend visit from Mr. Nate England and Mr. David Hamann. We warmed up on Friday evening then had a four hour workout on Saturday afternoon.

Please visit the Kosho School’s website and check out Mr. England’s podcast Chop Talk, where many of our school’s Yudansha have been featured.

Mr. Neil Stinson, Mr. Nate England, Mr. Ezra Scott, Sensei James McLain, Sensei David Hamann, Mr. Richard Garrett

Mr. Neil Stinson, Mr. Nate England, Mr. Ezra Scott, Sensei James McLain, Sensei David Hamann, Mr. Richard Garrett

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 Mr Ezra Scott

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.

left to right: Mr. Derrick Reynolds, Mr. Eric Silver, Mr Ezra Scott, Mr. Hank Quillen.

left to right: Mr. Derrick Reynolds, Mr. Eric Silver, Mr Ezra Scott, Mr. Hank Quillen.