I am most proud to announce the promotion of Carlos Alvarado to Dojo Cho of Central Florida Systema. Dojo Cho is a Japanese term and a high rank of Honor.
Some people are sprinters. They race out of the gate, often times burning themselves out. Others are marathoners – they pace themselves but most importantly, continue to move forward, step by step. Carlos has taken the “marathoner’s approach” to Systema. He has consistently made progress, day after day and his skills have steadily risen to a quality level.
Of all of the words in the aforementioned paragraph, the one that is most important to any martial artist is . . . . consistent. This is one of the many admirable qualities I would use to describe Carlos.
He consistently shows up. He consistently comes to our seminars. He consistently trains hard. And yes, he has consistently made progress over the years he has been coming to Central Florida Systema.
On a personal level, I would describe Carlos as an “adder;” that is, he adds to our Circle in a major way. His energy is always upbeat and positive. His openness to learn sets the bar for the rest of the group. His consistent (there is that word again), leadership and steady progress is the blueprint for the “How to Learn Systema” manual.
It is an honor to promote Carlos.
It is a bigger honor to call him friend.