Great article...... "Known as Kotaka-ha Shito Ryu, the family’s karate enterprise encompasses schools in Hawaii, California, Washington and Chicago. The dojos are franchises that do not pay fees to the Kotakas, but that do teach Chuzo’s style - and do so only with the master’s permission. “I’d say our standards are more difficult, a lot higher than typical karate schools,” the champ says. “That is not to say other schools are not good, but I truly believe that our standards are at a very high level and that my father has maintained that since coming over from Japan. It may take a little bit longer, but when you do achieve a certain level I think it’s worth more.” Another thing that separates their students from others is that his father’s signature is on every promotion. Chuzo, a ninth-degree black belt, was awarded by his master in Japan the right to promote students. Many schools on the Mainland create their own certificates, which George says dilutes the standards as the schools have little or no connection to and understanding of the roots of the sport."- Taken from Midweek story Going Out On Top to read full story go to http://www.midweek.com/content/story/midweek_coverstory/george_kotaka/'