So as midnight passed last night and Friday 13th of June came to an end, so definitely did an era.

Yesterday was the my karate association’s deadline for this year’s national championships, last year I officially retired on the occasion of competing in my thirtieth Nationals and becoming England Men’s National Kata Champion for the second time.

I has planned to finish last year, hoping to go out on a high and of course I did that and they gave me a great send off on the day. Then my Chief Instructor told me it was the best he had seen me compete and maybe it wasn’t time to stop just yet.

So as the year passed and the Nationals approached, would I get that itch again?

The answer is no, I have no real motivation to compete again. In reality my appetite for karate is no way near where it used to be, I still enjoy karate, but it’s taking a far less important role in my life.

For 34 years it’s been a big part in my life, at one point I was teaching somewhere everyday of the week, for four years I travelled almost weekly down to London for squad training and travelled the World with the England squad, I’ve had some great times and amazing experiences.

But over the last few months I’ve taken a step back, let others take over a little bit, I’m still teaching and still involved, but for the first time in over 25 years, if I don’t want to go to karate, I don’t have too! For those. 25 years I have been the club, it was me doing all the teaching, if I wanted a night off, assistants would have to be arranged in advanced, it was rare that I could get home from work and decided I didn’t feel like going, I had to be there or things just ground to a halt.

Thankfully Steve who has been helping me for many years has stepped in and taking the reigns, allowing me a bit of breathing space to get my life right.

Family, Church and work, now come before karate, for many years karate came first, even before drinking, I never drank before going to karate, although afterwards I would catch up, quickly! I would say that to a certain extent karate kept me alive, it gave me a purpose when my life was collapsing around me.

Karate will always be a part of my life, I don’t intend to stop teaching, I still enjoy it and after all it has given me some great principles to live by, but for now the stress and pressure of competing is in the past, this year I’ll just go to coach my juniors and cheer on all my old England team mates.

Can we put back all the pieces to the puzzles left behind?
We will soon be back together just before the stars align.
When the curtain falls for one last time and closes out the show.
Marching left, right, left, another step. Keep smiling as you go.

Movin’ on
Movin’ on

I’m sick of good intentions how they always tend to drown.
But, then, nothing seems to stay afloat living in the saddest town.
When the curtain falls for one last time and closes out the show.
Marching left, right, left, another step. Keep smiling as you go.

Movin’ on
Movin’ on
Movin’ on

You’re out of room for marking days on the wall
The lines remind of just how long I’ve been gone
You’re holding on but now it’s time to let go.
Just let it go.

Movin’ on
Movin’ on
Movin’ on
Movin’ on

We could be the story that’ll break your heart.
We could be the victim of a fall apart.
Maybe we could last another week or so.
Movin’ on baby means you gotta let it go.

2 thoughts on “Retired!!!!

  1. Debbie

    Congratulations on your retirement . .well, semi-retirement! I love how you have a song for everything! πŸ™‚ God bless!

  2. T Ibara Photo

    Greetings from Japan. I believe this is my first comment. I just want to take a moment to say I appreciate all your posts, and give sincere congratulations on your competitive career. ι•·γ„ι–“γŠη–²γ‚Œζ§˜γ§γ—γŸγ€‚
    God bless πŸ™‚


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