(J) Dana Eckart came to Shindai as a gift from the Aiki gods. He is one of those individuals who came through our door from another dojo carrying the right attitude, a willingness to test his metal in our crucible, the right spirit and a correct Budo posture. He also didn’t have a beard. That comes and goes.
Dana was promoted to Nidan by M. Saotome Shihan in 2014, in a dojo far to the north, after languishing as a Shodan for over 6 years.
Mr. Eckart is an outstanding training partner, a considerate Sempai, and a true asset to Shindai. If you can get to him on the floor you owe it to yourself to work with Him.