June 2017 Festival and Kumite Finals

This year’s festival and finals were a great success.  A very enthused group of Karateka attended the advanced course and grading on Saturday June 17th and there was an excellent turnout for the morning course, festival and Kumite finals on Sunday the 18th. There was a great atmosphere. Many of the photos say more than I possibly can get across with words.

 Chief instructor Ronnie Watt (9th Dan) OBE ORS would like to thank all members and competitors for their hard work and diligence during the lead up to the festival and for the excellent performances over the weekend.

Our club would also like to thank our visiting instructors. Alf-Ronnie Fagerland (6th Dan) from Norway and Wilfried Achillies (7th Dan) and his squad from Germany, and to Christopher Bruce (7th Dan) from Oban.

We’d also like to say a special thanks to some very important people who took time out of their busy schedules to visit us and for having supported our club and helped present medals on the day.  Dr.  Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon of Scotland, Sir Ian Wood, Lord Charles Bruce, Compton Ross and Daisuke Matsunaga, Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh.

As a way of showing our appreciation Ronnie presented several awards at the end of the festival.  Each VIP was presented with a special gift. (Scottish water)

The Lord Lyon was presented with a special Japanese scroll with the rules of Karate-do, The Dojo Kun.  

Daisuke Matsunaga and Graham Wood were visibly stunned to presented with an honorary Black Belt from a Ronnie Watt (9th Dan) OBE ORS.

Bill Smith received a Kodenbushi Samurai award for his help in promoting the club over a number of decades.

 This year’s festival was very special and will be well remembered.  At the end of the course we were also invited to the Town house to celebrate 50 years of the National Karate Federation, and 53 years of Ronnie in Karate. Of course, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the members. Who’s continued dedication and self-improvement is an inspiration to all the instructors. 

 

‘Kata is not dancing. Kata is designed to humiliate the individual and train the body to move swiftly and automatically during combat. To see a room full of good karateka of all ages, in this modern life of disconnections, move through a kata together as one, really gives me hope for the future of humanity.’   

 R. Watt (9th dan) OBE ORS

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