I would like to congratulate all twenty five students who were successful in passing their grading examination on Sunday 12th September 2021 at the Flitwick Hombu, and the students who successfully passed their gradings at the Newport Pagnell grading on Saturday 4th September.

A message of thanks must go to the parents of all children and families of all our students for their massive support.

I would also like to thank all the Dan grades who attended the training session prior to the exams and at the meal in the evening, it was a great pleasure to welcome Mattison Dass and his son Dinesh to join us as our VIP guests.

On a very personal note after having just celebrated my 80th birthday two weeks ago, it was an enormous privilege to be awarded 9th Dan to commemorate my 57 years in Karate. Getting rid of the term ‘Shihan’ seems like saying good bye to an old friend.

May I take the opportunity to thank Mr Cross, Mr Burton and Mr Gale for their valuable contribution in ensuring such a memorable day – they are true Karate-ka and I have nothing but admiration for them.

In my remaining years, I will endeavour to honour and respect the title ‘Hanshi’, although I suspect it will take some time to feel ‘comfortable’ with it.

Yours in Karate-do,