Tonight, June 8 at 8pm, we have four candidates graduating to their first degree Black Belts: Kat Hammer, Ben Bowers, Jax Gordon, and Sasha Gordon. We have black belts from across the country who will be joining us to celebrate this first milestone. Perhaps of most significance to me is the presence of my good friend Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt. Mr. Merritt was one of my teachers when I was striving towards Black Belt. Ten years ago, he helped me tie my sho-dan belt around my waist in the mountains of NC. Now, he's here as I promote 4 of my students to that same rank.