|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."