Only a handful of people ever reach the level of master instructor in martial arts as this is considered one of the highest honors in traditional Okinawan Karate. To master a martial art required years of devotion and dedication to a martial art to develop extraordinary both physical and teaching skills in the art.
Two martial artists in Wyoming have reached that level of martial arts and were promoted to godan (5th degree black belt) and shihan (master of martial arts) in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo. Kyle Gewecke of Gillette Wyoming was promoted on March 28th, 2014 by Grandmaster Hausel from Arizona. Shihan Gewecke has taught martial arts in Gillette for many years and started his martial arts training at the University of Wyoming under the direction of Soke Hausel. Matt Larson of Casper was promoted on May 28th, 2014 after training for many years under Hanshi Andy Finley, 7th dan.
Kyle Gewecke was promoted by Soke Hausel adn Matt Larson was promoted by Soke Hausel and Hanshi Andy Finley. We are all very proud of their accomplishments.