It is exactly a year since I went with you to Okinawa. It is difficult to explain to other people what that experience was like to me.

I almost want to compare it to the birth of one’s child. The words: pride, joy, lifetime commitment, family bond, true friend, hard work, sense of accomplishment and meaning of life are but a few words that I can describe the karate way of life.

Karate has not only given me physical and mental strength, it has given me a family of international friends. It has taught me a new way of life and given me a new outlook on life. It has made me a much better person than I was.

I cannot imagine me life without karate anymore.

As a student I have so much respect and admiration for what the senior karateka is doing and has accomplished.

As a sensei I have even more respect and admiration for the junior karateka, because I know exactly what they have to endure to accomplish what the senior belts make look so easy.

A special thanks to you and your father for making such a huge difference to so many people’s lives. I am truly proud and thankful to say I am part of your karate family.

Best regards

Albert Wolmarans