Students have asked how to get one of those beautiful metallic gold-striped Shihan black belts worn by Mark Sentoshi Russo, James Kentoshi Norris, and Dennis Fuutoshi Mahoney. I always reply with the same 3-part answer: First, train for decades to develop incredibly refined martial arts skills. Next, perfect the art of looking at a student’s movement and listening to their questions and knowing just what they need to see, hear, and experience in order to break through and advance. Third, realize a commitment to promoting To-Shin Do martial arts in the world and attracting large numbers of new students to our dojos and our NinjaSelfDefense.com web-based training hall; without any
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