Rich gets promoted to Shodan!

Well, after 9 years of hard work, practice and training, we are please to announce Richard’s promotion to Shodan at the USAF Regional Aikido Seminar hosted by Aikido Center of Atlanta and Peachtree Aikikai. USAF Technical Committee, Andy Demko, 7th Dan, Shihan presided over the test and his remarks were, “Pretty Solid…good conditioning…I thought he was well prepared”

Here are some highlights from the test!

We had 12 Members of our dojo attend the seminar and support Rich, it was a great time! Classes were taught by Yamada Shihan, Demko Shihan, and Elson Sensei, there was a great energy and our students of all levels enjoyed themselves thoroughly on and off the mat. USAF Black Belt testing is a rite of passage that is done at one of a handful major seminars in the country in front of anywhere from 80-400 people, Rich was extremely focused, poised and performed exceptionally well.

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