SMOKA 1964

Sensei Coffman receives his Yon-Dan promotion from Grand Master Hohan Soken and Sensei Fusei Kise (see certificate). Receives a going-away party (see photo). Relinquishes senior American instructor position, Kadena AFB, Okinawa.

Sensei Coffman receives FIRST ever teacher’s certificate from his teachers (see certificate).

1964_1_JC _ 4th Dan Certopt

1964_1_JC _ 4th Dan Certopt

Sensei Coffman rotates back to Fort Bragg AFB, North Carolina. This completed a three and one half-year tour on Okinawa.

Sensei Coffman starts first Dojo in the United States, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, (see photo). Class contained six dedicated students for approximately 6 months before discharge from Air Force.

Sensei Coffman returns to Washington, D.C. and visits Martial Arts Schools of all types and styles but find nothing of the intensity and dedication with which he trained in Okinawa.

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1964_2_Photos fort Bragg2

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