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According to a release, Sensei Shannah Robin has been presented with his sixth degree Black Belt and the title of Shilan (Teacher of Teachers), making him the only martial artist in Dominica to achieve this rank.
The title was bestowed on him during grading of the Universal Martial Arts Academy Robin RYU students, at the Garraway Hotel on Saturday, 12th November, by Grandmaster of the Florida based Sugar RYU Jiu Jitsu, Robert Crosson.
The grading saw fifty (50) students from the two Dojos on island, in Roseau and Portsmouth, showcase their mastery of various techniques to advance to the next level.
Robin recently returned from a 6-month training course at the Henan University of Technology in China, where he trained along with 19 other Martial Artists from around the globe, in various techniques. Robin, despite being the oldest in the class, emerged 1st in all categories. He also trained at the Shaolin Academy where he learnt the art of Tai chi.
Shilan Robin also asked the students to have faith and confidence in the Dojo Instructors, who trained and prepared them for grading in his absence. This will be even more important as the Universal Martial Arts Academy will be expanding, and Shihan Robin will be travelling more frequently to setup new dojos, initially in Canada, then Barbados.
In an interview with Q95 news, Shihan Robin said he was honoured to have received the title of Shihan and the rank of Sixth degree black belt.
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