PARKLANDS resident of 17 years Jim Wood (MBE) was presented the prestigious title of Shihan (Master Instructor) by karate master Takenori Imura Shihan in Mandurah last week.
The award was decided by members of the JKA HQ at a Shihan Kai committee meeting in Tokyo.
Wood was presented with a Japanese traditional karate master silk ceremonial robe to wear over his Do Gi by the karate master himself when he visited Mandurah to conduct karate training seminars. Imura Shihan held private, traditional Japanese training at Wood’s custom built DOJO in Mandurah.
“My studio is a DOJO or better known as martial arts training hall where we meet to practice the true BUDO traditional karate rather than the sports entertainment type of karate,” Wood said.
Wood has studied karate for almost 50 years and was one of the very few westerners worldwide who received the award.
“I am very proud and humbled to be honoured with such a prestigious award, and hope to share it with my loyal students in WA and worldwide,” he said.
Wood holds a Seventh Dan, and would complete all his higher grading examinations, both practical and theory, at the JKA HQ in Japan.
Over the years, Jim has qualified for the highest accreditations examinations ever awarded including A- Class Instructor, A-Class International World Cup Referee/Judge and senior match court Chief status and A-Class Examiner.