BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Ouachita Society of Martial Arts (OSMA) held an awards ceremony for their Torakan Dojo in Mena honoring the achievements of their members. Sensei Yanasa (Buffalo) Scott said they inducted two new members with black belts and others moved further up in their disciplines as well.
Joshu Randy Webster earned a black belt in Ju Jitsu and Sensei Larry Wood earned a black belt in Modern Undo. Scott said that Wood has incorporated modern equipment and techniques into traditional Undo to develop the new form of discipline.
Master Don Cloud Davis and Master Levi Ryals have gained their 5th degree black belt in Nitora Bujutsu. Scott said that Ryals is in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame for being the only MMA athlete to fight with just one eye.
Sabum Jonathan A. Shone, Sifu Pete Milligan, and Shodai Soke Sensei Scott all earned a 4th degree black belt in Nitora Bujutso.
Cathy McConnell was the lone graduate from the Iron Butterflies Women’s Self Defense program.
Sensei Scott and wife, Wendy, own OSMA, located at 800 Hwy. 71 North, in Mena.