Soke Parrish was Master West's right hand for many years until he moved to Columbus, Ohio, and still made trips back and forth to train and help our founder as needed. Travels slowed for him around the mid 2000s due to work schedules and personal life, but Soke Parrish stayed in constant contact with GM West on a regular basis. Master West made a special trip to Columbus to promote Master Parrish to 5th Dan. It was an honor to have him at our dojo and for me to be a witness to this once-in-a-lifetime historical event in Wae-Kune-Do history. Although there were many that earned the rank of black belt under Master West, none of them superseded Master Parrish. When Master West died, all of the black belts got together and decided he should be the next headmaster of the system. He was elevated to 8th Dan in 2008 by the council of black belts, and later to his 9th Dan which he holds today. I began training in WKD under Master Parrish in 1999, and I am now the highest ranked black belt in the art promoted directly by Soke Parrish.