Wayne Reddrop of the Ballarat Karate Club Achieves Rare Achievement in Karate Shorin Ryu | The mail

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Wayne Reddrop of Ballarat was promoted to 8th Dan Blackbelt and the title of Grand Master in Karate Shorin Ryu. This achievement means that Reddrop joins a small global elite (five or six in the world) of authentic great karate masters Shorin Ryu alive. READ MORE SPORT: “It’s been a long journey and it’s been a personal step for me to reach this rank,” said Reddrop. “Only the second person in our 56-year club history to have done this. It has an effect on our club, it now gives us the opportunity to reach the high ranks within the club and the legitimate ranks.” The feat is rare, and something that took 46 years of studying at Reddrop to accomplish, over 40 of those spent with the Ballarat Karate Club. “It’s probably one of those ranks that hardly anyone would ever really reach, it’s such a long journey, 46,” he said. “Usually you go through your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Dan ranks and a number of them will move up to their 5th and 6th, some 7th. “But to sort of move on to the next one, like I’m only saying two people in 56 years, I guess that says how high that rank is. You have to be very, very dedicated to get that high.” The review took place over three consecutive Saturdays, culminating on December 4. It was reviewed by Grandmaster Barry Packham, who is one of three people in the world to in the past 100 years to have been promoted to the rank of 9th Dan in style. The style is made up of 36 forms (kata), 18 of them are empty hand, the other 18 are with various Okinawan weapons. First week Reddrop went through the 18 kata, the second week, he went through the same process with the different weapons used. Last week, Reddrop reviewed selected kata and combat apps with a fellow black belt. During his 46 years, Reddrop committed to three sessions per week at the club and three sessions at home for p perfect art. “It literally becomes a way of life,” he said. “It’s their philosophy, Okinawa’s, they don’t see it as a sport, it’s just what you do, you get up, you have lunch, you go to work, you come home, you do train, you train martial arts. “Pretty much I tried to stick with that without being too fanatic about it, you still have to raise kids and have a family. It has been a great trip for me and I still see it going on. “Reddrop watches” Among that there were many trips back to Okinawa, Japan, where he trained with the Grandmaster, “said He said. “Lots of great associations with club members so it’s been a great trip.” One good thing about martial arts is that they really don’t have an end date. , they’re not based just on physical activity. “It’s a lifelong commitment, as Reddrop said, the higher the rank, the harder it is to move on to the next. Once people reach on 6th Dan, they have to wait seven years before being allowed to move up to 7th. Once they reach 7th place, they have to wait eight years before they can reach 8th place, or in the case of Reddrop, 12 years. “It sort of matches your age and your experience, it’s not just the physical sense, so there’s quite a bit of stuff to do,” he said. declared. “Even though I have reached some ranks along the way, I don’t consider any of those ranks to be a finish point, and 8th Dan is exactly the same, I will continue.” If you see this post, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier because we have made this story accessible only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling the Ballarat story. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city. Have you signed up for the Courier’s variety of news emails? You can sign up below and make sure you’re up to date with everything that is happening at Ballarat.


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