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Promotions: Ki Society Promotion
Posted 2/26/2001 8:31am [from gmenop]

St Louis Ki Society Chief Instructor Promoted to Yondan (4th Dan) by Koichi Tohei, Founder of Ki Society International in Tochigi, Japan. St. Louis, MO-Feb 26, 2001- Mark Rubbert, Sensei, long time resident of St. Louis and Chief Instructor of the St. Louis Ki Society was promoted and awarded the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Aikido. The promotion was awarded at Ki Society Headquarters in Japan. Mr. Rubbert was recommended for promotion by Koichi Kashiyawa, Chief instructor for the Ki Society USA. The Ki Society is an international organization with affiliate members and clubs throughout the world. World renown author and St. Louis native, Will Reed, now living in Tokyo, Japan, was present to receive the award on Mark Rubbert, Sensei's behalf. Mark Rubbert Sensei has been teaching in St. Louis since 1983 when Will Reed, Sensei, Founder of the St. Louis Ki Society moved to Japan after founding it in the 1970's. The announcement came shortly after the St. Louis Ki Society's Winter Workshop which was held in February. Several celebrations of this momentous milestone have been planned in the St. Louis area during the months of February and March, 2001. The St. Louis Ki Society is an internationally recognized non-profit educationa and non-discriminatory organization teaching the principles of Ki Mind and Body Coordination through Aikido, and is curretly developing educational programs for disadvantaged and at-risk-youth in the St. Louis metropolitan area. For further information please contact the St. Louis Ki Society at its web site, www.stlki.org or call (314) 726-5970.

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