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Congratulations to Ian Williamson
SGM Rick Alemany
Remembering the Day of Promotion to 10th Degree
10th Degree Black Belt
I am so happy to have this opportunity to express my gratitude and thanks to the International Kenpo Karate Academies. With the original IKKA being disbanded years ago, after the death of Mr. Parker, our Kenpo Founder, it came to my attention some years back that Sr. Grand Master Britton and Mr. Joe Whelan, President of the new IKKA, had formed a new association in order to facilitate Kenpo families, and dojoís alike, the means of not only keeping track of promotions, but also a platform and Website to order Certificates, materials and education of Kenpo to all that inquired. I have, many times, gone to the Website to see what is going on in the world of Kenpo. I became a member years ago, before my promotion to 10th degree back in 2011. Iíve seen the growth of the membership as well as the outreach it facilitates to all Kenpo enthusiasts. I wish to thank the IKKA for all of their efforts to keep us all informed and up to date on whoís-who in the Kenpo World as well as where we have been and where we are going.
On or about December 2010, a long-time friend, Grand Master Larry Tatum, and I were talking regarding my many years of dedication and love of Kenpo. Iíve known Mr. Tatum since the late 70ís, early 80ís. At that time, 2010, I was a 7th degree black belt. My last promotion was before Grand Master Parker had passed away. Mr. Tatum asked why I had not been promoted since, as I stayed in Kenpo, and contributed to the art but never advanced. I told him my history with Mr. Parker, whom I met when I was only a young girl in my early 20ís. I had gone through a horrific attack in Long Beach, CA, and through a mutual friend, was introduced to Mr. Parker after being discharged from the hospital. After going through my experience with Mr. Parker, he told me, ďAfter he was done with me, no one would ever lay a hand on me without my permission again.Ē He kept that promise.
Mr. Tatum and I continued to keep in touch over the next few months, via Facebook and talking on the phone. Previous to reconnecting, I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, due to Multiple Sclerosis, which I was unaware I had and was not diagnosed until years later. It was believed by my physicianís, that I did not have long and I wanted to be as involved in Kenpo as much as I possibly could. My grandson, who was only 14-years-old at the time, and already a 2nd Brown, was a member of Desert Dragonís Kenpo, in Peoria, Arizona. I had spoken to the owner, Scott Gonzales, many times about my history with Mr. Parker and became fast friends with him and participated as much as possible in his dojo. Ironically, there were a couple students that were my age or close that remembered me from my days with Mr. Parker. It was great to reconnect with them. I was given the opportunity to instruct again, when I was able, as well as teach classes in Mindfulness. I felt very much a part of the community and especially the Desert Dragonís Family.
By March of 2011, Mr. Tatum and I spoke about promoting me to 10th Degree, Grand Master for my many years of devotion and teachings of the Art of Kenpo. I was not only honored by this suggestion, but thought of the many girls after me that would grow up knowing anything was possible. I was told at that time I was the only female in the World of Kenpo to be promoted to this level. Iíve since researched it, and there are 9th degree, but no 10th, and itís been amazing to have been bestowed this honor. We planned for me to come to Mr. Tatumís dojo the first week of April 2011, to have him promote me. Unfortunately, due to my heart failure, I was not able to travel; therefore, I had to decline. Within days, I was informed by Mr. Gonzalez, of Desert Dragonís that he had been granted Mr. Tatumís proxy to promote me in Arizona at his dojo.
On April 9, 2011, I walked into the dojo, at 2:00 p.m. to hearing Elvis Presleyís song, ďItís now or never.Ē Mr. Gonzales continued the energy throughout the day and my promotion. I was given an opportunity to see many of the students perform their techniques for me, from Black Belt all the way down to little children who had come so very far since we had joined the dojo. My husband and grandson were in attendance, along with friends from other styles of Karate to see this beautiful ceremony. Then came the moment, all of a sudden I hear Mr. Tatumís voice behind me. He and Mr. Gonzales had set up Mr. Tatum to Skype through a large TV in the dojo and I was not aware of anything that was about to happen. I was so surprised, actually to the point of trembling, and walked over to the TV/Monitor and was able to sit and talk to Mr. Tatum and be awarded my certificate promoting me to 10th degree Grand Master of Kenpo, and also had the privilege of enjoying a long-awaited conversation with my long-time friend of over 30 plus years, Larry Tatum, one-on-one. The entire day was videotaped and pictures were taken to capture the event in history. It was a day I will never forgetÖI want to thank all who were involved in this endeavor, as without them, it would have never happened. Since that time, Iím no longer in heart failure, but my MS has progressed to the point where it is very difficult to leave my home, except for doctors or medical appointments. I still enjoy a Mindfulness class now and then and get many offers to take part in other local Kenpo dojoís just to enjoy the feeling of the mat and the energy Kenpo gives me. I watch the video now and then, and remember the day as if it were yesterday!
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