In 2014, Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai awarded certificates of 'Shihan' to three karate students - Shihan is considered to be a very high level of expertise in the martial arts and translates as Master or more specifically as 'Master instructor'. To reach such a level in traditional karate requires considerable dedication and years of training in martial arts. Only a very few individuals ever reach this level.
At the Casper Shorin-Ryu Karate Club in Wyoming (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Casper-Seiyo-Shorin-Ryu/155447085967), Hanshi Andy Finley, 7th dan, recommended Matt Larson and Duane Good for Shihan certification to the Arizona Hombu, and both were accepted as master instructors. In addition, Matt Larson was also promoted to 5th degree black belt in May of 2014 and Duane Good was promoted to 4th degree black belt in November, 2014.