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!



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

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.


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



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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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.


Mr. Jason Tillman, San Kyu

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


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.