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Athlete Spotlight: Sam Larson (Happy Birthday!)
Ah shieze! This video is linked from the top page of CrossFit.com!
Sam Larson is one of our most experienced and highest performing CrossFit athletes: in fact Nicole and I owe our introduction to CrossFit to him! Sam recently tested for the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Danzan Ryu jujitsu and continues to teach classes at Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland. This is an important rank: Sam could now legitimately have his own Dojo now, should he so desire.
Danzan Ryu ("Sandalwood Mountain School" from a Chinese name for Hawaii) is a Ryu of jujitsu founded by Professor Seishiro Okazaki (1890-1951) in Hawaii. Danzan Ryu is ubiquitous in the United States, particularly on the west coast.
Check out the pre-CrossFit picture of a distinctly chubby Sam on the Suigetsukan Instructor page!
Sam is also the owner of a German to English patent translation business if you have the need.
Today is Sam's birthday, so say "happy birthday Sensei" when you see him.