He presently works as a company director, graphic designer and as a therapist at a local medical clinic. He trained under Elisabeth Kubler Ross in the USA, Australia and New Zealand as well as having a background and training in other therapeutic modalities.
Firstly, thank you very much Hanshi for agreeing to do this interview.
A. I started Judo when I was 14. I loved it for a variety of reasons. Judo is very honest and the dojo provided me with a surrogate family. I started karate in 1965 as a result of Doug Holloway sensei looking for somewhere to train. At that time I was the head instructor for the CanAmJu Judo club, one of the oldest in the area and he started the first karate dojo in Canterbury at their clubrooms. I guess I was attracted to karate because of its then exotic nature.
A. I’ve been fortunate to work with a variety of elite sports people and for the last two years, and alongside Dr Ceri Evans ( a Seido 5th dan) and the All Black’s psychologist Gilbert Enoka who worked with the All Blacks to prepare them for the World Cup. So I’ve had an opportunity to see first-hand the impact, and the resilience, that top level sport requires. I don’t see too much difference between mind-sets required in any of the sports. Of course strategically they are different and use different energy systems but a swimmers brain for instance is much the same as a karate exponent. In terms of design and music, I feel they complement martial arts. Kaicho is a very skilled calligrapher, and I’m sure this is true of many senior karateka- that they are skilled in other areas. This stops them becoming one dimensional. We have all experienced what it’s like to be surrounded by people who agree with everything we say. Long term this can be harmful, at least for me it would have been so I’ve always tried to be involved in a couple of areas to maintain a balance. Other people can achieve this without having other things but I couldn’t.