Shodan Grading:- My Teachers

After, well during actually, grading, my mind wondered.
It shouldn’t have done, though I felt considering all those who had got me to where I was yesterday was slightly useful at times. I suggested to Damian on Saturday afternoon that resorting / reverting to Airfix models was a much easier hobby, we could sniff the glue to perhaps get the same endorphin “fix” that training gives you. Kevin Duff suggested though that us Brits are slightly bonkers, and we are a little un-natural in our desire to be   “beasted” by Sensei George.  Apparently in some classes in the US if your Sensei demanded something you weren’t happy with, it wasn’t uncommon for people to walk out of the class… There were times over the weekend I considered walking out, but thought the better of it. I’m now looking forward to doing it all over again for my Nidan, fingers crossed before my 50th birthday, unless of course the Airfix models get the better of me.

So, my journey to Sunday 4th March 2012 was led by the following people. It’s all their fault and I thank them very much 🙂

Michelle ??              Knocked on our door and taught my first class
Eduard Symonds    Taught the 2nd class I was in. Very scary and a constant inspiration to this day
Jo Edwards             With husband Mick got me hooked line and sinkered 🙂
James Boardman    Mentored me in my early days, taught me everything I needed to know, and encouraged me to switch to Goju and go it on my own.
Joe Estrada            Gave me my first Black Belt in 2007
Sam Karagiannidis Got my hips working!
Neville Kinghorn     Showed me the “hard stuff” 🙂
Terry Reed             Showed me “The Way”

Martin and Louise Stockley   Worked really hard with me over the past year to get me to Shodan. Thank you so much for your diligence and patience. It’s very much appreciated 😀
Malcolm Howlett      An inspiration amongst the perspiration of Martin’s classes. Thanks Malc 🙂

George Andrews    Thanks for pushing me and believing in me 😀

I’d also like to thank all my students over the years, I’ve learnt so much from teaching you, thanks for letting me and thanks for coming back 🙂