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Robert Nolan promoted to Shodan

posted May 22, 2016, 10:15 AM by Robert Nolan   [ updated May 31, 2016, 1:56 PM ]

April 2nd, 2016

Cactus Sage founder and head coach Robert Dale Nolan was promoted to Shodan following an excitingly turbulent year of  victories, losses, personal and community growth. Local Arizona Judo Yudanshikai (Association of Black belts) visited Cactus Sage to bear witness to an exhibition of the Nage no Kata. In attendance were, Emeritus professor Robert C. Corella, Anthony Enriquez, and Jacob Johnson Sr. In the Nage no kata Raja Interpreter acted as uke, while Robert Nolan acted as Tori.

Sensei Corella noted that promotion to Shodan comes with many responsibilities, and that one must act as a steward of Judo at all times. exemplifying the inherent benefits that come with its practice. More over Robert's promotion is the first to black belt of the newly established Cactus Sage Judo and the first black belt to come from Phoenix College Judo School since the Phoenix College Judo program was discontinued  in 1994.

Robert Nolan had this to say "I still have so much to learn and to improve on, but the journey has already begun. Shodan literally means the first step. This is first step in mastering the way of Judo. Thank you everyone."

Cactus SageJudo's first Nage no Kata