Hanshi Yamamoto was awarded his 10th Dan at a ceremony in Tokyo this weekend. Hanshi George Barounis left Sydney on the 2nd of February to attend the ceremony and give a speech to congratulate his instructor. The two instructors have known each other for over 30 years when Hanshi Barounis first went to the dojo in Akihabara, Tokyo to train with Yamamoto in 1975. Since then several students from Miyagi Kan dojos around Sydney have made the trip to visit the dojo in Tokyo to train with Yamamoto and Yabe and make somewhat of a pilgrimage to the historic site.
Shihan will return on Wednesday 10th February.

Hanshi Yamamoto & Hanshi Barounis at dinner in Akihabara, photo taken in November, 2008