Goju-Shorei Systems

Martial Arts for the 21st Century

There was a unique belt testing last Thursday, August 5th, at the Elite Martial Arts dojo in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

The Goju-Shorei motto of, Family First, was present in spades when Ken Latham, his wife Rachel and his kids, Catie, Patrick and Angele all tested for Black Belt. The youngest Latham, Alex, tested for his Dragon Black Belt (equivalent to green belt).

Sgt. 1st Class Ken had just returned from his second tour in Iraq (he'll be heading back again in January) so his instructor, Master Harry Klapheke, thought it only fitting that Ken do the entire test wearing all of his battle-rattle. Doing kata and sparring in 30 pounds of gear would try most people, but I'm sure he was inspired by having his entire family on the floor with him.

Congratulations my friend. I pray the angels keep you safe.

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Comment by Alan Trueba on October 22, 2010 at 3:03pm
Wow! What a great way to honor his commitment to our country and his commitment to the martial arts. These are the things that make martial artists special.

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