|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on May 29, 2016 at 12:50 AM|
On Thursday, May 26th, 2016, Dr. Neal Adam was promoted to one of the highest ranking members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai after demonstrating empty hand (karate) and kobudo kata along with developing some new kata bunkai (pragmatic applications). Soke Hausel promoted Dr. Adam to the rank of shichidan (nanadan) (七段) which translates as 7th dan (7th degree black belt), and providing him with the title of Kyoshi.
It is extremely rare for anyone to achieve such a high rank in a traditional martial art. It is estimated less than 1% of martial artists ever reach this level. In our organization, it is even more difficult as we have had less than 0.1% receive this rank. It is also significant, that only two members - Andy Finley and Neal Adam are in the running for certification for Menkyo Kaiden - a license of total understanding of our martial art.
There are few people as ethical as Dr. Adam. His integrity exudes in martial arts, his daily life, his Christian beliefs and in his profession at Grand Canyon University. As his Soke (grandmaster), I feel lucky to have him as a long time student. He first jointed my organization at the University of Wyoming more than 25 years ago while working on a post doc in the UW Agricultural Department.