THE UECHI-RYU WEST ORGANIZATION, BLACK BELT TESTING,
AND THE UECHI-RYU WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Uechi-ryu Karate-do is one of a few purely traditional systems of karate worldwide. Its direct
link to Chinese roots is unmistakable, and the system is practiced in a consistent manner
around the world.

Uechi-ryu West is a group of dojos that are members of the Okinawa Karate-do Kyukai
(OKIKUKAI), an organization based in Okinawa and international in scope. The dojos of
Uechi-ryu West work together to maintain high standards of training and testing, and the
methods of instruction are consistent with those of the OKIKUKAI on Okinawa. Uechi-ryu
West follows the standards as set forth by our mentor, Master Tsutomu Nakahodo, and the
OKIKUKAI headquarters board of directors in Okinawa.

Uechi-ryu West conducts black belt testing on the third Saturday in May, and the  third
Saturday in November. Instructors and students of various dojos of the organization host the
testing, and the location is announced prior to the test with adequate time for planning.

The test board consists of  ranking Shihans (Master Instructors) from among the various
Uechi-ryu West dojo. This board has been in place for a number of years, and has operated
under the supervision of the late Ahti Kaend, Kyoshi, 8th Dan. The board continues to operate
by mandate from Okikukai. Members of the board have had extensive instruction from
Master Ahti Kaend, as well as from senior members of the Okikukai organization in Okinawa.

The results of Dan Testing conducted by the board are compiled and sent to the Okikukai,
Okinawa, and all black belts are recognized by and registered with the Okikukai organization
in Okinawa. Black belt certificates are created by the Okikukai in Okinawa and then sent to
Uechi-ryu West.
Uechi-ryu West,
OKIKUKAI,
Black Belt Certification,
and Board of Directors
THE UECHI-RYU WEST BOARD
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Olga Kaend, Rokudan, 6th Dan, November 1998, Okinawa  (Retired)
Shihan Dave Sargent, Kyoshi, 8th Dan, August 2014, Past President, Chairman
Shihan Steve Goss, Kyoshi,  8th Dan, August 2014, Co-Chairman,
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Shihan Michael DeDonato, Renshi, 6th Dan, September 2010, California
Shihan Dean Klossner, Renshi, 6th Dan , June 2012, Okinawa, President, Chairman
Shihan Michael Ham, Renshi 6th Dan, August, 2014
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