As Sunday 8th May approaches I want to thank you all so much for your kind words and good wishes on my 70th time around the sun.
As I move into my 8th decade I look back at 61 years involved in Martial Arts and realize that I enjoy it more now than ever.
I don't think that you can force anyone to like anything and as we have all found with Martial Arts you can lead the horse to water but you can't make it drink. I think that it makes such a very big difference if you have the support of your wife and/or family to encourage you to excel in your chosen Art. I am so very fortunate in that my beautiful wife Sharon is totally supportive in all my involvement in Martial Arts and motivates me to carry on without the idea of retiring from the dojo.
In my youth I spent 21 years in Japan in the "Golden Years" from 1967 to 1988 and I have kept a relatively low profile for many reasons but now in my twilight years I would like to "tell it as it was" warts and all and correct a lot of misconceptions, errors and downright lies that have been promulgated over the past 50 years so that a lot of the real facts of Martial Arts have been rewritten to suit the politics or marketing of the world-wide industry that is today's "Martial Arts World". I intend to put in the public domain my experiences and opinions of what it was like to be working and training in Japan in these critical years in the development of Karate-Do and the decline of finite Martial Arts.
I am very fortunate to have a very special network of contemporaries who also lived (some still live there)in Japan and have an inestimable treasure trove of real knowledge that we must bring to your notice before we go to the big dojo in the sky or become senile.
People like sensei Alan Ruddock(a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido),Hanshi Tino Ceberano 9th Dan Goju-ryu & Master of the Arnis and senior uchi-deshi of Master Gogen (the Cat) Yamaguchi, Bryan Huddart a Japan resident for 44 years and an 8th Dan master of Kendo and a 6th Dan Karate, Jeff Anderson 46 years resident in Japan, an early UK practitioner of Kyokushinkai Karate then a student of Shito-ryu Karate, Manuel Da Costa 8th Dan Iiaido, 6th Dan Karate plus quite a few "sleepers" plus all the first generation Karate students in UK and throughout the world who have offered their archives and who feel the same way as I do and wish to set the records straight. I intend to use 3 outlets for this namely our dedicated Facebook page JUTSU.TW for the general matters, the more controversial matters will appear on our dedicated website www.jutsu.tw and finally for an overview of all Martial Arts I will use our main website www.cyberbudo.com which will be re-launched over the next 2 weeks, so if you have any particular topic that you would like clarified or a particular question answered especially about technique, styles, Japanese personalities etc, do not hesitate to send me an e-mail.
THANK YOU SINCERELY FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND HELP AND VERY KIND WISHES
9TH DAN GRADING FOR HANSHI WINGROVE & HANSHI McCARTHY
10th March 2011
We are very pleased to announce that Hanshi Terry Wingrove has been advanced to the grade of 9th Dan with a Shihan licence for Karate Jutsu together with Hanshi Patrick McCarthy who has also been elevated to the coveted grade of 9th Dan and they will be in Tokyo for the presentation ceremony on the 23rd March to receive their certificates of rank from 93-year-old Master Hiroshi Kinjo, the most senior Karate teacher in Japan.
Hanshi Patrick McCarthy is Master Kinjo’s most senior direct Western student and Hanshi Wingrove, the most senior Western representative of Karate Jutsu who's been associated with Master Kinjo since the early days of FAJKO & WUKO in 1968.
For Hanshi Wingrove this is the pinnacle of achievement after 61 years in Martial Arts and will be the last grading available to Hanshi Wingrove. Hanshi Terry who is 70 this year, spent 21 years in Japan and devotes most of his time to teaching in the 39 countries affiliated to his groups.