To all Uechi International Members and Special Friends,
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Master Sensei Robert Bethoney has been unanimously selected by all Senior Officers and 9th Degree Black Belt members of the "Uechi Ryu International Karate Association" to receive the highest and most prestigious award in all of the Martial Arts.
On June 10th, Master Bethoney 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 the wearing of 5 gold stripes on his belt, and the teaching title of Hanshi Sai, Grand Master. He will also hold the title of Sr. Technical Advisor in Uechi International.
This special honor and achievement is not given or awarded very often. This is an extremely rear event that takes place in all of the Martial Arts. 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, also with devotion to all his peers.
Bethoney has also given a lifetime of duty as a retired Deputy Sheriff (Captain) from the Plymouth Country Sheriff's Department. Where he held numerous senior officer ranking positions, such as, Sr. Defensive Tactics Instructor, Sr. Fire Arms Training Instructor, SWAT and Special Operations instructor along with multiple other leadership positions. In addition to his leadership and training positions, Bethoney has been acknowledged by many of his Law Enforcement colleagues as to his training of them, and his direct training saved their lives.
We at Uechi International are honored and please to bestow the rank of Judan 10th Degree Black Belt to Master Sensei Robert Bethoney.
Jay Salhanick 9th dan
Vice Chairmen / President
Uechi International World Wide
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