This was a big weekend for several of my karate heroes! First, I’d like to congratulate my sensei, Ed DeCosta for achieving his 9th-dan while training in Okinawa this week. After a lifetime of training and teaching, it is a tremendous accomplishment for him.
What isn’t recognized by his promotion is his dedication to bringing out the best in his students. I am in his debt for all he has done for me over the years, and I wouldn’t be anywhere near as physically, mentally, or spiritually strong as I am today without his care and guidance. Thanks, Ed!
Two of my senpai, Mike Maitland and Mike Bacon were also promoted to 8th-dan and 6th-dan respectively. Great job, guys!
Last is my shout-out to Lyoto Machida for his smashing debut into the middleweight division of the UFC. The only thing more impressive than his KO victory is his sportsmanship. Have a look to see how a real martial artist accepts victory!