To all Uechi International Members and Special Invited Friends:
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Master Sensei Jon Cierri has been unanimously selected by all Senior Officers of the "Uechi Ryu International Karate Association" to receive the highest and most prestigious award in all of Martial Arts and on Saturday, January 12, 2019, Master Cierri will be presented by the Uechi Ryu International Karate Association - the rank of Judan - 10th Degree Black Belt.
Along with this prestigious rank, comes a special title and privileges such as:
This special honor and achievement is not given or awarded lightly. This extremely special event does not happen too often as this honor is bestowed upon a very select few. In choosing this recipient, several factors are taken in consideration, such as, demonstrating a lifetime of exceptional training, teaching, leadership, courage, knowledge and understanding of Uechi Ryu at the highest levels, along with devotion to Uechi Ryu Karate - Do.
Master Cierri has been actively training and teaching Uechi Ryu for well over 50 years. He has visited and trained in Okinawa many times over the years. He has had multiple direct training sessions with Grand Master Kanei Uechi at the Master's dojo.
Master Cierri has also given a lifetime of duty as a United States Martine, and a retired Boston Police Officer, where he held numerous officer ranking positions, such as, Sr. Patrol Officer and Special Operations Motorcycle Officer.
We at Uechi International are honored and please to bestow the rank of Judan 10th Degree Black Belt to Master Sensei Jon Cierri on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
We hope you can attend. Please RSVP for food count to Jay Salhanick.
Jay Salhanick 9th dan
Uechi Ryu International Karate Association
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