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johnmarcgibbons

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Well it took long enough
« on: November 04, 2006, 02:36:19 PM »

(sent this to Sensei Paul last year but thought I would put it on his site)

After nearly 23 years since I first walked in your Dojo up the Banbury Rd I
have finally passed my Black Belt during the May grading with Sensei George Andrews in London (Round of loud applause).

Due to breaks caused by (and in no order)  Women, Beer, university,
children, marriage, laziness,  fear,  SCUBA diving, work, and
procrastination  I finally took my exam on Sunday.  I never should have
stopped training as it would have been a lot easier in my 20's or 30's
rather than my 40's.

I have to say thank you to you as you were my first inspiration for Karate
and GoJu in particular.

Now all I have to do is wait for the bruises to heal and I can go to
training on Wednesday.

Take care

JG
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Re: Well it took long enough
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2006, 05:10:14 PM »

wow, thank you for letting us know, posting it here, and many congratulations! :)
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Re: Well it took long enough
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2006, 10:25:27 AM »

Thanks for that John. I'm glad the bug stayed with you, but then we've always kept in touch. How's life in Surrey? Maybe open a dojo yourself!

Here's your email from 6th June 2005.

After nearly 23 years since I first walked in your Dojo up the Banbury Rd I
have finally passed my Shodan  (Round of loud applause).

Due to breaks caused by (and in no order)  Women, Beer, university,
children, marriage, laziness,  fear,  SCUBA diving, work, and
procrastination  I finally took my exam on Sunday.  I never should have
stopped training as it would have been a lot easier in my 20's or 30's
rather than my 40's.

I have to say thank you to you as you were my first inspiration for Karate
and GoJu in particular.

Now all I have to do is wait for the bruises to heal and I can go to
training on Wednesday.

Take care

JG

Dr John M Gibbons
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