In 1992 a young Sempai Rob James opens a dojo under Hanshi Howard Lipman, Shihan Rick Cunningham continues his Kyokushin journey, and Hanshi Howard is graded to 5th Dan (“Shihan”) by Sosai Mas Oyama.
Sempai Rob James with Hanshi Howard Lipman
Shihan Rick Cunningham
Sempai Rob James performs a roundhouse kick
Hanshi Howard and Shihan Rick also did a photo shoot for promoting Kyokushin.
Sosai Mas Oyama
Shihan John Williams with Sosai Mas Oyama
Sosai Oyama with Hanshi Lipman
After training in Sosai’s back garden.
Hanshi Howard Lipman graded to 5th Dan (Shihan) by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama in 1992.
And below, a gift from Sosai to Hanshi Howard Lipman, with a special inscription.