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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sensei Trevor hits the big 70!

Sensei Congratulations

Sensei Trevor will be 70 on the 20th September 2006.

Sensei Trevor started his karate late in life, fifty in fact. I am sure that he would describe himself as not a natural Karateka but has probably got more from Karate than the talented youngsters that started with so much potential and packed in before completing "the way"

Below is a list of Sensei's gradings :

Sensei Trevor's Grades
9th Kyu13th September 1986
8th Kyu15th February 1997
7th Kyu31st May 1987
6th Kyu6th September 1987
5th Kyu24th January 1988
4th Kyu29th January 1989
3rd Kyu8th September 1990
2nd Kyu29th September 1991
1st Kyu17th November 1996
1st Dan
29th March 1998

Trevor is a retired Engineer and is very active in the community.

Trevor is the most senior and respected member of our club. When you are tired you just look to your left and there is Sensei still going strong.

He is still doing press ups on his knuckles (more than I can do), is committed in his attacks and blocks with arms of steel (or so it seems).

Your commitment is greatly appreciated by Ash, myself and all your friends at the club.

Below is one of my favorite quotes from "Hagakure" the book of the Samurai.

"In ones life , there are several levels in the pursuit of study. In the lowest level, a person studies but nothing comes of it, and he feels that both he and others are unskillful. At this point he is worthless.

In the middle level he is still useless but is aware of his own insufficiencies and can also see the insufficiencies of others.

In a higher level he has pride concerning his own ability, rejoices in praise from others, and laments the lack of ability in his fellows. This man has worth.

In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing.

These are the levels in general. But there is one transcending level, and this is the most excellent of all. This Person is aware of the endlessness of entering deeply into a certain Way and never thinks of himself as having finished. He truly knows his own insufficiencies and never in his whole life thinks he has succeeded. He has no thoughts of pride but with self-abasement knows the Way to the end.

It is said that Master Yagyu once remarked "I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself."

Throughout your life advance daily, become more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending."

Sensei we salute you.

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    • It's never too late to take up the martial arts. I'm sure Sensei Trevor is an inspiration to everyone in your dojo.

      I've heard of Hagakure but never really checked it out. Are you familiar with The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi? It describes combative strategy for the most part.

      By Anonymous John, at 4:55 AM  

    • John
      Yes I am Familiar with the five rings Hagakure (In the shadow of leaves) is a manual for the samurai classes consisting of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that give both insight and instruction in the philosophy and code of behaviour that foster the true spirit of Bushido - the way of the warrior.
      If you like the 5 Rings you will probably enjoy Hagakure, its cheap and printed by Kodansha

      By Blogger Selby Karateka, at 12:03 PM  

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