I have Only found out that Roy Petchey had passed away through my assistant instructor Fergal Hughes on the 29th December 2011.
I have moved from my previous address some 9 years ago. Roy was a very good mate and a credit to the world of martial arts. I have many great memories of Roy and he came to Bolton on numerous occasions training. Roy's thoughts would say " Karate is like boiling water, if you don't heat it constantly it will cool " Roy was also a great martial artist and was IBA to the bone. What i would say is what it boils down to, Roy had martial arts in his blood and backbone RIP.
Shihan Steve Costello
On training with Sensei, wetrained with a view to having only one chance, and we concentrated on striking the vital points on the human body. The lessons were extremely demanding. The blood sweat and tears of training in those days bonded us for life. Karate is not just for a few years it is for a lifetime. My technique, my thinking have naturally undergone many changes through the years. As I have searched I have studied many subjects and the knowledge I have gained I have incorporated into my karate. I still practice every day of course. Why, I have already mentioned it is for a lifetime, but, there is another reason also, you see I started out on a Journey Long Ago under the guidance of a great sensei who taught me when my sensei left this world. I said I must keep training that I may discover what lies around the next corner, but when I reach that final bend I shall know, for there in the middle of the road at journeys’ end encouraging me to take those last difficult steps will be my sensei the great Phil Milner welcoming me home.
They can conquer who believe they can.
Sensei Costello and his team of record breakers managed to set a world record on the 16 July.
Paul Lee and Fergal Hughes went through the punishment of Sensei Steve Costello as they broke in to wood, tiles and showed mental strength by having concrete blocks broken on there stomachs and slabs of wood broken on there arms as in the picture!
This was all in aid of the Bolton Hospice charity -
A WORD ON KARATE:
Karate ( empty hand ) is one of the worlds most noblest and most practical martial arts, it is based on a philosophy of inner calm and balance and is currently enjoying wide popularity.The world over karate is not only a form of unarmed combat but is a way to discipline the body in order to improve. The spirit besides conditioning the body and improving speed, strength and co-ordination, karate increases ones alertness and self awareness, it also teaches confidence in ones abilities to deal with the world around him/her. There are no short cuts. Your knowledge is your strength..
Steve nicknamed the headhunter by the late grandmaster professor Phil Milner, Karate is my blood and Backbone..
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