Today we held Menkyo ceremony to celebrate the achievements of four students who were recently promoted:
- Aiken Johnson-Escudero — Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)
- Jessica Mickevicius — Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt)
- Dennis Dyon — Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
- Erin Brennan-Maurice — Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
Menkyo (免許) is a Japanese term meaning “license.” It refers to the license to teach used by practitioners of various Japanese classical arts and martial arts certifying some license within the school.
At Okinawan Martial Arts a Menkyo ceremony is held each time a rank of Black Belt or higher is awarded to one or more students. Each newly-promoted student shares their journey with the other students in the school. Sensei Ounkham also discusses each student and helps set goals for their continued training.
Each student is toasted with saki before the ceremony ends.
Congratulations our newly-ranked students. Your hard work has paid off!