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Sensei Shawn Clift
Name: Shawn Clift

Rank: Nidan

Years of Study: 11 I think

Hometown/City: Richmond (grew up in Stanford KY though)

Current City: Richmond

shawn clift

Karate, tai chi, pa qua, kendo and karate

Tokui (favorite) Kata:
There are so many, taikyoku shodan because of the whole first thing I learned stuff and the good fouundation for my karate house, but it's too cliche, so I think I will go with Bassai Dai

Reason you began studying:
Cause Cacy was doing it and I thought, what the heck.

Outstanding Karate Memories/Moments:

kicking Scott Tomlin in the head, first, and only, time my foot has ever gotten that high.

Future Goals(karate and otherwise):
Just to keep training and to keep improving.

Current emphasis of karate study (your own biggest problem area you are trying to overcome or the focus your study is taking):
There are just so many things that need fixing, but the biggie is stances. Also really trying to bridge the gap between Kata and Kumite

Favorite Karate Saying/Slogan:
Not a karate quote, but it fits none the less. Especially the first line. NO freaking idea who to give the credit to though, but I am pretty sure it was a mathmetician.

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again; the never-satisfied man is so strange if he has completed a structure, then it is not in order to dwell in it peacefully,but in order to begin another. I imagine the world conqueror must feel thus, who, after one kingdom is scarcely conquered, stretches out his arms for others.

KarateTournament Wins/Tournament Participation/Records/Honors:
Got some trophies in the closet somewhere, but I have no idea what they were for. I seem to remember getting to a nationals tournement, but did not fair so well, think I was a purple belt at the time.

Favorite Karate Book:
Karate-do Kyohan and Notes on training by Oshima

Date Awarded Shodan (1st Black Belt): darned if I remember and my certificate is still in a box somewhere due to the move.

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