I have awarded shodan to three young men who trained hard with me and two other instructors for six years. I was nidan and the ranking instructor was godan.

Of the three there is one who is still going strong. One is in college, and the other one is raising a family.

Our karate class now consists of four 2nd kyu's.

All of these people are competent fighters with solid techniques, and good people overall. I would match any of them with the same rank from any other school out there.
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