After some time of home training, in 1986 I again looked for a club to practice with, and I met Sensei Doug Mortley of the Victoria Butoku Kai. I had two questions for him that I had learned to ask from my previous sensei, Mr. Lyndon Bateson.
I asked: "What do you think of kata?" and 'What do you think of tournaments?"
When Sensei Mortley answered that kata was the heart and soul of karate and that tournaments did not seem to bring out the best qualities that he wished to see in the student so he didn't support them, I joined up and have never been disappointed in that decision.
Sensei Mortley soon proved to me that Shorin-ji Ryu karate was in fact a superior Ryu in concept and technique. Though I will never equal his awesome fighting ability, nor his prodigious memory for kata, I have much to be thankful for... all my more meani ngful achievements in karate are the result of his efforts on my behalf. This will never change and this is where I publically say, "Thank you, Sensei."
Under his instruction, I achieved Shodan in the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai and second degree black belt in the Victoria Butoku Kai (dojo level).
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