"A black belt is a white belt who never gave up"
"Slow to learn, slow to forget"
"The person who knows "how" will always be the student,
but the person who knows "why" will continue to be the instructor"
"To hear is to doubt, to see is to be deceived, but to feel is to beleive"
"Train knowing that the right thoughts and the right efforts
inevitably bring about the right results"
"There are no pure styles of karate.
Purity comes only when pure knuckles meet pure flesh"
"In every offense there is a defence, and in every defence there is an offense"
"Guts are the anaesthesia that deaden the pain of fear"
"Sophistication is no more than simplicity compounded"
"Fear no man, but respect all"
"Train hard, train regularly, train intelligently and make no excuses"
"He who hesitates, meditates in a horizontal position"
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall"
"Someone who aims at nothing is sure to hit it"
I have been interested in martial arts ever since watching "Grasshopper" in Kung Fu in the late '70's. I mustered up the courage to go along to a new start up club in Blenheim in 1985 (Kempo under Robert Gemmell) and after being shown 3 self defence moves, I was hooked.
In 1990 I shifted to Wellington as a 1st degree black belt and continued training in Kempo at the Porirua Headquarters until 1995 reaching 3rd black.
Wanting a change of direction and a chance to learn American Kenpo, I started NZKKA with 2 others (both who have now left the club) in 1997 to train and teach the full American Kenpo syllabus. Since that time I have trained with many leading Kenpoists who travel to NZ such as Graham Lelliott, Ed Downey Jnr and Jeff Speakman.
However, in search of more in-depth Instruction, I sought out Richard "Huk" Planas in 2012 and since 2014 have brought him to NZ each year for personal training. NZKKA is now a lineage school of Mr Planas and I have been accepted as a personal student of his. In 2018 I became a 1st generation black belt under Mr Planas when he ranked me 5th degree black.