It’s really nice to hear from former students and hear news like this!

“Hi Bob,

I hope you are well.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in touch, but the last thing you emailed me was to make sure I continued to Black Belt – and I finally did it!!! Earlier this year I was awarded my Shodan in Wado Ryu. I’ve been training under Sensei Barry Wilkinson in the England Wado Kai (EWKR).

This was a journey I started with you all those years ago (I don’t want to think too much about just how many years, but it must be around 20 – ouch! How can that be??) and I still remember a lot of your teaching from those days.

I’m grateful for the start you gave me, and even though I stopped for a long time after moving to South Australia, that beginning always stuck with me and I felt I needed to continue (by that time we’d moved to England). The closer I got to Black, the more I started to realise that it wasn’t going to be the end – I now have Black and I know this is, in many ways, the beginning.

I’ve attached a picture of me with my belt and certificate (I have a few more grey hairs than when I last saw you!!!!!) to remind you who I am 🙂

Andrew Needham”
(former AKA student from Coorparoo)

Andrew Needham (never gave up and recently passed his Shodan in the UK.
Andrew Needham (Never Give Up).


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