Sensei Hamid Nam was promoted to 5th Dan by Kancho Takemasa Okuyama on 11 Jan 2014 in Toronto

I am honoured to be promoted to the rank of Shihan by Kancho Okuyama. The elite level training has just begun for me and as such, I am just a humble follower of great masters of Karate: Kancho Okuyama, Master Tsurouka, Master Steve Nash, and Master Tom Racey. I am also very excited to announce that Robert Naud (Robert is standing to my left in the second picture) has been promoted to the rank of 1st Dan by Kancho Okuyama. The reason this is so important to me is that for the first time I have managed to mentor a student, who is more like a brother to me, all the way from the white belt in 2005 to becoming a black belt in 2014. I feel blessed to be surrounded by such great human beings.