I just wanted to say congratulations to Rex Stratton on his recent promotion to 1st degree brown belt.
Rex was a blue belt transplant student from one of my peers, Mr. Jim Clark, also a Paul Mills black belt. When Mr. Clark moved from Ogden, Utah to Oregon, Rex made the decision and commitment to travel to our studio in Salt Lake City, Utah to train – traveling more than 80 miles round trip for each lesson. He’s been making that trip twice a week for over a year now.
What’s interesting is that when Rex first went to Mr. Clark, he was already a 2nd degree brown belt in American Kenpo under his former instructor, but asked to start over and go back through all of the AKKI belt ranks until he had earned his rank back. When the time was right, he wanted his instructor to award him his original brown belt.
Fortunately, I was able to get his brown belt back from Mr. Clark so that it could presented to him at his promotion. I was honored to be the one to give it back to him. Congratulation Rex! Thank you for making the long journeys down here to train. It says a lot about your dedication to the art.