This was one of the best formal exams we've ever had. The candidates all did exceptionally well in the different areas required, according to the standards set by the Okinawa Karatedo Association. There was a time, back in the old 'Okinawan Karate School', when students would earn their Black Belts in two years...or less. Essentially, once someone memorized the compulsory material for required, they were promoted. However, there is much more to development and learning in the martial arts than just memorization.
Once again, congrats to all those promoted! Thanks to everyone who supported them in their training and preparation. Special thanks to Katya Bowen for score-keeping.