The promotion ceremonies on Sunday went well. Reed was the only shodan candidate but there were a number of higher rank promotions as well. I'll try to post photos once I get them off my phone.
Reed Wittman - as our newest Shodan
Dusty Alexander - promoted to Nidan and awarded the title of sensei
There were a number of other dan promotions in the other martial arts styles (Kodenkan teaches a wide range of martial arts).
This will bring our yudansha (black belt ranks) in battodo to 12, I believe:
Shodans - Shaun, Stephanie, Andrew C., Steve, Andrew D., Reed
Nidans - Russell, Bianca, Monica, Dusty
Higher - John (Shihan), Rawn
We may have another one next year, if all goes well.
As we tell all shodans, the dan rank means that you are now a serious student, not a master by any means. Even an instructor is a student learning how to impart their knowledge to others.
Good job! Now, go out an teach more students :)