“‘This is totally befuddling to me – I can’t tell you I expected it or wanted it,’ said Hans Goto, 59, of San Anselmo, who credited his students, family and colleagues for his promotion to seventh-degree black belt, known also as 7th dan black belt. ‘But it is a great honor, and the reality will sink in when I return to the U.S.’”
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