Singing was a very popular pastime at the sayonara parties in the early days. The master of ceremonies would call on someone to start and then he would ask the next person to sing etc. Having lived in Japan I was aware of what was going on so I had [...]
Second world tournament 1979, fifth place. I had decided that this would be my last competition whatever the result. At the time I was teaching full time and to continue competing at such a high level would take to much time. So time to stop.
During my two years in Japan apart from the training there were lots of publicity photographs. At the time I did not appreciate them but now I value the memories they give me of my days at Honbu. Camps, grading's and competitions.
Honbu 1971 consisted of a basement where there were changing rooms and showers. The first floor was the entrance and a small dojo, the second floor was the main dojo and then the office and finally Sosai,s living quarters.I lived behind Honbu at the uchi-deshi apartment.
Well it’s over, Christmas and the new year celebrations are slowly becoming a distant memory. 2015 was a big year for Göteborgs Karate Kai, we celebrated our 50 years anniversary and it was fifty years ago i walked into a dojo. I cannot even start to sum up what has [...]