The Shogo title Renshi is a special teaching grade title which is a separate rank over & above the different black belt ranks. It is only awarded to select 6th & 7th Dan teachers. Dr. Kappes is being awarded Renshi by Yasuhiro Konishi at the world championships in Tokyo, Japan on August 25th, 2001. Dr. Kappes was among 8 individuals from around the world who were awarded the Shogo title at the world championships.

"There is nothing more precious than human life. Regardless of the place or time, it has always been an undeniable fact that human life carries with it a meaning of value and dignity. Bearing this philosophy in mind, we should practice Karate as a means to enhance human welfare."

Master Yasuhiro Konishi 1893-1983