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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Look after my Licence!

Mike Betts has been training with us since February with his daughter Shauna. Mike was returning to Shotokan after a long break and decided that now was the time that he could share his love of Shotokan with his daughter. It is not easy returning in your 50's, your mind can remember the katas, but the body struggles to return to its earlier flexibility.

Mike just put his white belt back on and got on with his training. He regularly joins in with the higher grade training at Selby and also attend sessions with Gullen Shihan in York.

Mike happened to have his old KUGB licence in his bag, so I asked him if I could take a copy. He explained that like so many his original licence had been lost, but his replacement had his last three grades registered. His parting words as he went to get changed..."you will look after my licence want you?"

Mike was an ex member of the Marshall Street dojo and his licence was stamped with the mark of the late Shihan Keinosuke Enoeda. Marshall Street dojo in London was the home of Shihan Enoeda in the early days of karate in England.



Above: Karate @ Marshall Street dojo

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