I am still collecting information/history from the past.
There is more to this than I first thought, and I have found that I have quite a job in front of me with a lot to get in order.
Kym Reid across in Adelaide is also working away on Wally's history and linage from Shindo Jinen Ryu and has already produced much.
As part of the process and through information from Ken Chamberlain and Alan Thomas, comes contact with Sensei Hilario (Larry) Goncalves of Okinawan Karate Do Shizenkan from Darwin, who has contacted Jeff Barnes.
Sensei Goncalves received his Shodan under Wally at the old Park in Blacktown in 1977. He has been training under Uehara Ko Sensei of Okinawa for many years, - below is a link to Uehara Ko Sensei's youtube site.
Ron Wynne has recently re-joined S.K.A.
He was graded 1st Dan under Wally on 26 November 1983.
Then to 2nd Dan 12 October 1985.
He was one of those who walked onto the field at the old park in Blacktown
and he did so many times, I believe he would have fond memories of those hard days for I know all others do.
Welcome Home Mate!!
I am very proud to say that I succeeded in my test for Masters Grade.
It is my honour to be the 6th Master of my line. The ones who walked before me are.
Waldemar (Wally) Szlagowski (also Grandmaster).
George Pandu (also Grandmaster and my Teacher).
Now myself, John Cook.
I give thanks to all who came and gave me support and I am very grateful to all those who assisted me on the day.
I started with some light tamashiwari – more because I like smashing things than any other reason apart from warming up.
I was assisted in two kids self - defence routines by firstly Nicholas Plew and Carina Zahra, then by Brendan Zahra. Luke Bottle assisted me in a choreographed bokken display. I displayed Szlagowski Fighting Kata’s one & two these are two man kata so I was assisted by Josh Ransom then my long time Karate Brother and partner in crime Steve Erixon. Followed By Kata Tegatana (swordhand) from the Shindo Jinen Ryu system(thanks Kym). Since my personal way is purely self - defence orientated, I see almost anything as a potential improvised weapon, so using Nicole Groger as my target (in the gentlest possible way) an everyday stainless steel kitchen spatula/egg flipper and a normal pair of tongs were brought into operation – these are very dangerous in the right hands. Then a small garden hand rake and hand trowel were used – even more dangerous, followed by a small pruning saw and then a normal common garden spade. This session ended by me blocking, catching, throwing and strangling Josh Ransom with my T shirt – amazing what you can do with clothing!
Then I had the distinct honour to have a ceremonial spar with Master Jeff Barnes. This was particularly special to me as Jeff was the first one to “walk” with me at the old park (at my Teacher Georges request) when I was a complete and easy meat raw novice – he was very gentle with me then – but I think he “killed” me this day – couldn’t have come from a better man.
It was my honour to then be presented with a red Masters Belt, Certificate and a Wakizashi. My cup very much “runneth over”. Again my thanks to all.
Thank you – John Cook Masters Rank S.K.A..
Hello gentle people.
I will have the honour of undertaking my masters grading at 1pm Saturday 14th of July 2012 at Freemans Reach.
My intention is to make it an active event in which I will show some of what I have learned and done since I started training - I hope to make it interesting.
It is a strange feeling to be called to such an honour for I simply put my feet on a path and never stopped walking and as such the path became part of my life.
It is now time for me to earn the right to the rank I
have been called to.
I choose not to fail.
Thank you - John Cook.
Below - From left. My 1st,2nd,4th,5th Dan certificates.
(lost 3rd Dan certificate during divorce)
Grandmasters Wally and George Giving Demo fight at my Shodan Grade, then me behind Wally.
Above - From left, Myself and Luke.
- Master Vladimir assisting with breaking.
- S,K.A. group photo.
- Ziggy Szlagowski,David Weatherstone,Kym Reid and myself.
- With Steve Erixon,co-founder Sammyroo school.
- With Luke practicing rudimentary swordsmanship