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Monday, December 04, 2006

SelbyKarateka reaches Shodan - The beginning

Yesterday I graded for Shodan, my examiner was Kato Shihan and after seven years as Sensei Ashley's student I have now reached the beginning.

For our younger students, the ideogram "sho" means first or beginning and the same ideogram is used to express the first sunrise of the year, it is also found in the word for beginner.

When you realise the depths of knowledge and skill that can be acquired through karate, you realise that the few years required to attain your first black belt are really just the beginning.

Many things in life have limits but their is no limit on the number of black belts that can be given. As long as you practice diligently, sooner or later you will receive a black belt.

Students with talent and natural ability may find there way to the beginning a lot quicker than mine, some karateka may take a little longer.
If you travel the way too quickly you may miss something, my teacher is Sensei Ashley but my inspiration is Sensei Trevor.

Sensei Trevor started the way at fifty and reached Shodan twelve years later and now at Seventy years old is still enjoying the journey.

My thanks also to Gullen Shihan, Sensei Mick, Ian and Nick that have also guided me in my journey.


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    • Well done Paul

      You are a credit to the club and I am sure now you are a Sensei you will inspire young karateka as Sensei Trevor has inspired you. Having graded for shodan myself under Shihan Kato I know you must very proud of you acheivement and quite rightly so.

      Well done and all the best for the future

      Ian Culpan

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:54 AM  

    • Same here Paul,

      Excellent news. Hope to train again with you all in the new year. Merry Christmas to you all.

      Andy Bailey

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:00 PM  

    • Congratulations on your achievement!

      The path doesn't end when we reach Black, instead we start discerning the potentials within us.

      May you have a long healthy lifetime of being a learner of the arts.

      Mireille Clark

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:36 PM  

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