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    Thumbs up Congratulations, Mr. Billings!

    Warm congratulations to Mr. Michael Billings (aka "Kenposatori") on being promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt (Associate Professor) this past Saturday at the AKTS Camp in Colleyville, Texas. It was a well-kept surprise, & this lower rank is very grateful to Mr. Billings for his dedication to the Art & patience with his students. With his permission, here is an excerpt from his "Thank You" letter:

    Thank you to everyone for the years, the support, the energy, the love, and the time you have invested in the Art and me. To my students, I could never have gotten where I have, and also know that the same road travel is available for each of you. The learning and journey never stops and the challenges never go away no matter how long you train. I expect to continue to learn, get my butt kicked by my teachers, and pass on to you what so graciously has been given to me.

    And oh by the way, did I mention I feel like a train hit me today? All part of the love, baby.

    Thank you, Sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin-Gin2
    Warm congratulations to Mr. Michael Billings (aka "Kenposatori") on being promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt (Associate Professor) this past Saturday at the AKTS Camp in Colleyville, Texas. It was a well-kept surprise, & this lower rank is very grateful to Mr. Billings for his dedication to the Art & patience with his students. With his permission, here is an excerpt from his "Thank You" letter:

    Thank you to everyone for the years, the support, the energy, the love, and the time you have invested in the Art and me. To my students, I could never have gotten where I have, and also know that the same road travel is available for each of you. The learning and journey never stops and the challenges never go away no matter how long you train. I expect to continue to learn, get my butt kicked by my teachers, and pass on to you what so graciously has been given to me.

    And oh by the way, did I mention I feel like a train hit me today? All part of the love, baby.

    Thank you, Sir.

    With Love & Respect,
    Gin-Gin

    That is excellent, congarts on you big promotion.
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    w00t!

    Ok I was trying to find a different way to say "congrats" but it didn't work
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    WOW!
    Congrats, seriously!

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    Thumbs up Re: Congratulations, Mr. Billings!

    I got a chance to meet Mr. Billings a year or so back and he is a heck of a nice guy more then welcome to help.

    Congrats sir!

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    Good Job! Way to go!
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    That's so awesome Michael!

    Although we haven't met, from what I hear, it was very well deserving!

    Congrats!

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    Thanks to all for your congratulations and companionship through this part of my personal journey.

    An exerpt from my thanks on MartialTalk

    Once again, thanks to all. I remain humbled by my promotion. The panel, and men who promoted me exemplfy, and are, both sides of the Art, Iron Workers and Watchmakers, and how important it is to have both in you. It is not hard to stay humble whenever I go to a seminar with those who not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk, and expect you to do the same. I cannot say enough about how much it meant to me to receive my teacher's old 5th Black Belt. It was a seriously emotional event for me after all these years.

    I appreciate everyone's support and the camaraderie I have found ..., but my thanks expecially go out to those in my extended Kenpo and Martial Arts family.
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    Default Re: Congratulations, Mr. Billings!

    Congrats!!!

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    Arrow Re: Congratulations, Mr. Billings!

    Will post the pictures I took of the belt ceremony as soon as I get them developed - hopefully they'll turn out ok

    *crosses fingers*
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    Thanks to all.

    Gin, I will email you a link to Ms. Plowman's photos on line.

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    I wanna see the KICK!
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    Way to go mike , u know i'm going call you.
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    Lightbulb Re: Congratulations, Mr. Billings!

    I've posted the pictures of Mr. Billings' promotion & others from the camp in my photo gallery. To access them:

    1) Click on "Photo Gallery" button above (next to FAQ, Members List, Forum Rules, etc.)

    2) Click on "User Galleries" then click on the picture above my name (Gin-Gin2)

    3) Two albums should appear - click on "AKTS Camp October 2005 (Colleyville, TX)"

    Enjoy!
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