From left to right: Kyoshi Rick Llewellyn, Hanshi Vincent Cruz, and Hanshi M.A. Sharifi.
This picture was taken at the dojo on the day of a suprise visit from Hanshi Cruz, along with Kyoshi Llewellyn and a handful of his top students. Hanshi Cruz presented Sensei with the honorary rank of eighth dan, and the title of “Hanshi”, from the ISKA. Both Hanshi Cruz and Hanshi Sharifi were longtime students of the late Master Hidetaka Nishiyama.
Hanshi Cruz is sixth dan under Master Nishiyama. Hanshi Sharifi received his fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh dans from Master Nishiyama as well.
Hanshi Cruz is the founder of the International San Ten Karate Association (ISKA). Kyoshi Llewelan runs the Shotokan Karate Academy in Benicia, CA, in association with the ISKA.