06/07/2017: Grandmaster Landers Opens New Multi Program Facility
C&S Self Defense Association,
It is with the greatest pleasure that I am announcing the new home of the Storm Dragon group in the Effingham area.
Through the good offices and diligent efforts of Sandan Dr. Art Shuler, we have secured a prime location in the same building as the Illinois Secretary Of State Drivers License regional office on South Willow. I will have more specific address details later.
It is first floor, front office, with two open rooms, a large conference room, and storage. There is a huge parking lot and we are getting it with utilities paid for a very reasonable price. The suit will be labeled : Prairie's Edge Defense Group, with a placard delineating the various programs offered.
I chose a more generic name in case some of you would want to offer a program that is not strictly under the Storm Dragon aegis. I will again add details as time allows.
We take possession on June 15, 2017. Again I cannot thank Dr. Shuler enough. Without his efforts, which have been ongoing for some time, we would not have had this opportunity. Our one and only business contact source at this time is: PrairesEdgeDG@yahoo.com
06/08/2017: 2017 Master Candidate Review
C&S Self Defense Association Membership and Friends,
I am pleased to announce the following promotions to 5th Degree Black Belt Master rank in C&S Self Defense Association 2017 Master Candidate Review:
5th Degree Black Belt White Tiger Master Dwayne Beccue
5th Degree Black Belt Wind Lynx Master Carl Parker
5th Degree Black Belt Mantis Master Scott Petitjean
You can find their email addresses on the association web site if you wish to communicate with them.
2017 Master Candidate Review, Mulberry, Illinois, 06/08/2017. From left to right: 5th Degree Black Belt Mantis Master Scott Petitjean, 5th Degree Black Belt Wind Lynx Master Carl D. Parker, 5th Degree Black Belt Spinning Dragon Master James S. Nancarrow, 7th Degree Black Belt Sun Leopard Grandmaster Joseph R. Larison, 6th Degree Black Belt King Snake Master Russell G. Jones, 9th Degree Black Belt White Cobra Grandmaster Peter M. Rose, 9th Degree Black Belt Storm Dragon Grandmaster David R. Landers, 5th Degree Black Belt White Tiger Master Dwayne Beccue, 7th Degree Black Belt White Crane Grandmaster Kerry D. Bushue, 6th Degree Black Belt Spirit Eagle Master Timothy A. House.
These promotions were earned over the last, on average, 25 years of hard, dedicated work in our art, and confirmed by their fine presentations at the 2017 Master Candidate Review held 06/08/2017 on a 200 acre working farm in the beautiful southern Illinois cornfields of Mulberry Grove.
The Review was headed by 9th Degree Black Belt White Cobra Grandmaster Peter M. Rose and Storm Dragon Grandmaster David R. Landers. In attendance and assisting in the process were Masters: Kerry Bushue, Joseph Larison, Timothy House, Russell Jones, and James Nancarrow (who drove all the way up from his home in Florida to help out!).
Masters Beccue, Parker, and Petitjean will all agree after experiencing this process that being invited to this Review was not a done deal, and will attest that even at this level, their talents, patience, and skills were probed and analyzed for perfection.
I am also pleased to announce that Master Beccue, Master Parker, and Master Petitjean have also been accepted onto the C&S Self Defense Association Governing Council, and now have full autonomy over their lines, independent of anyone else in the association.
06/08/2017: Grandmaster Landers Receives Promotion
C&S Self Defense Association Membership and Friends,
I am pleased to announce the promotion of Storm Dragon Grandmaster David R. Landers to the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt in C&S Self Defense Association at the 2017 Master Candidate Review held in Mulberry Grove, Illinois 06/08/2017.
Grandmaster David R. Landers receiving his promotion to 9th Degree Black Belt from Grandmaster Rose.
Grandmaster Landers has been a student and friend of mine since 1970. He has earned the respect of not only every martial artist that he has come in contact with as well as myself, but all of the law enforcement community that he recently retired from.
There is nothing more I can say to praise Master Landers, other than to value him not only as my student, but also as my life long friend.
You will note that I have promoted Grandmaster Landers to the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt: my own rank. I am the only one that can do this. I have done this because Grandmaster Landers has achieved what every teacher and mentor desires: to have someone exceed their own accomplishments. Master Landers has more than done this. I am humbled by his achievements.
06/08/2017: Master Level Promotions
C&S Self Defense Association Membership and Friends,
I am pleased to announce the promotion of several of our Masters in C&S Self Defense Association.
7th Degree Black Belt White Crane Master Kerry D. Bushue
7th Degree Black Belt Sun Lepord Master Joseph R. Larison
6th Degree Black Belt Spirit Eagle Master Timothy A. House
6th Degree Black Belt King Snake Master Russell G. Jones
In addition, I am pleased to announce that I have also awarded both Master Bushue and Master Larison the title of Grandmaster. Normally, this title is reserved for at least 8th Degree Black Belt. However, both have more than exceeded the requirements for a Grandmaster title by having students under them promoted to Master level (Masters Beccue and Petitjean respectively).
As per association guidelines, both Masters House and Jones received their promotions for their fine work in guiding students toward the 2nd Degree Black Belt Disciple level. Whether their students are able to successfully pass their exams for Nidan or not is immaterial. What is celebrated is Master House and Master Jones guidance of their students to even be considered as candidates for discipleship.
Outstanding job Masters!
08/19/17: Isabel Barrett Receives Pending Black Promotion
I am pleased and honored to announce the promotion of my student, Isabel Barrett, to the rank of Black Belt, Shodan Ho.
Isabel sacrificed her Summer Vacation to pursue the demanding physical, spiritual, emotional and academic work required to take the grueling eight hour Shodan Ho exam that included physical, written and oral testing.
Please join me in congratulating Isabel on this tremendous accomplishment.
In Our Art,
Isabel Barrett receiving her black belt from her instructor, 6th Degree Black Belt King Snake Master Russel Jones of the Sachem Self Defense Club, Laconia, NH
Assisting Master Jones on the testing board was Grandmaster Peter Rose of the Rose School of Karate, New Durham, NH, and Master Timothy House of Tai Chien Dojo, Portssmouth, NH. 5 other black belts from local association programs also attended to show their support.
Friday morning coffee to start the Rose 2017 Disciple Retreat in New Durham, NH. From left to right: 2nd Degree Black Belt Nidan Marty Richter, Tai Chien Dojo, Portsmouth, NH, 2nd Degree Black Belt Nidan Eleanne Solorzano, Rose School of Karate, New Durham, NH, 5th Degree Black Belt Wind Lynx Master Carl D. Parker, Albuquerque, NM, 9th Degree Black Belt White Cobra Grandmaster Peter M. Rose, Rose School of Karate, New Durham, NH, 6th Degree Black Belt King Snake Master Russell G. Jones, Sachem Health and Fitness, Laconia, NH, and 6th Degree Black Belt Spirit Eagle Master Timothy A. House, Tai Chien Dojo, Portsmouth, NH
10/01/17: Students Receive 2nd Degree Black Belt Nidan Promotions
I would like to take this opportunity to not only congratulate my student Eleanne Solorzano of the Rose School of Karate to her recent promotion to Nidan 2nd Degree Black Belt, but also to Master Timothy House's student Martin Richter of the Tai Chien Dojo.
2nd Degree Black Belt Nidan Marty Richter, Tai Chien Dojo, Portsmouth, NH, 2nd Degree Black Belt Nidan Eleanne Solorzano, Rose School of Karate, New Durham, NH
Nidan Solorzano holds a Ph.D. in Statistics and is an Associate Professor of Decision Sciences at the University of New Hampshire's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. She has been a student of mine for 8 years, and during this time she has demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm and drive in her studies in our art, which has now become her art.
Nidan Solorzano received her promotion at my 2017 Disciple Retreat 10/01/2017, and was accepted as my Disciple in the Order of the White Cobra. She had been invited to attend to observe our processes at the Disciple level, and demonstrated full readiness to assume the responsibilities of my Disciple. As with all of my students who achieve Disciple status, their real promotion "certificate" is this: "This is my disciple Eleanne Solorzano. She is who she says she is. She has done what she says she has done. She will do what she says she will do." Congratulations Nidan on your success, and on your continued participation in our art!
Because Master House would be attending my retreat, I offered him to include his student Marty Richter as after his 12 years of dedicated work ready to see what a Disciple's responsibilities are.
Master House asked me to include his own thoughts in this notice concerning Nidan Richter’s accomplishments:/
"I am pleased to announce the promotion of Marty Richter to the rank of Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt, and his acceptance as my Spirit Eagle Disciple. Nidan Richter's discourse and knowledge during the preparation and subsequent contribution at this year's retreat was very impressive. I look forward to witnessing his continued growth in the martial arts and am honored to be his Master."
11/30/17: Joint Brown Belt Exam, Durham, NH
C&S Self Defense Members, and Friends,
Congratulations to RSK members Steve Shackford and Tom Toye for an outstanding job demonstrating their skills at a 3rd Degree Brown Belt Exam held Thursday evening 11/30/17 at Master Timothy House's Tai Chien Dojo in Durham, NH.
This was a joint exam for Steve and Tom with students from Master Russel Jones Sachem Self Defense School of Laconia, NH. Also demonstrating not only great skills, but true grit and determination during the almost 3 hours of demanding work were: Kaylee Smith, Michael Mott, and Luke DeRoche.
Achieving Brown Belt rank is a very big deal in a student's martial arts journey. In our association, this level marks entrance into the Advanced Ranks of training, and is the reason the exam itself is so tough. Anyone who is able to push through the rigors of this exam, and in particular the outside self defense portion where single, and multiple attack situations are thrown at the student, as well as dealing with several rounds of live knife and club attacks, anyone who can stand tall during all of this proves their readiness to enter into advanced training.
Congratulations to Steve and Tom of the Rose School of Karate, and to Kaylee, Michael, and Luke of the Sachem Self Defense School for your achievement!
Steve Shackford, Kaylee Smith, Michael Mott, Tom Toye, and Luke DeRoche
03/20/18: Bear Den Karate Club Student In Germany
Bear Den Karate Club member Elisabeth Palczynski's, daughter of member Mike Palczynski, at the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany.
Elisabeth is studying abroad for the semester in Dresden, Germany. She is a student at the Bear Den Karate Club in Kittery, ME, and the Boston University Karate Club during the school year.
Bear Den Karate Club member Elisabeth Palczynski at the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany.
04/08/18: Tom Romiglio Receives Certified 1st Degree Black Belt Promotion
I am honored and pleased to announce the promotion of my longest tenured student, Tom Romiglio, to Shodan.
Shodan Romiglio is a Martial Arts student studying under Master Russell Jones at the Sachem School of Self-Defense in Laconia NH. He currently works as a Program Director at The River Bank House, a recovery community for men. He has been in recovery for 31 years and studying Martial Arts for over 20 years.
He is a member of The Last House Band and also enjoys motorcycles, woodworking and the outdoors. He currently lives in Northfield NH and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Please join me in welcoming Shodan Romiglio to the certified ranks.