A True Karate Person
A true Karate person is one with a god-like capacity to
think and feel for others; irrespective of their rank or position.
One who possesses ideas so lofty, a mind so delicate, that it
lifts him above all things immoral and base, yet strentghens his
hands to raise those who have fallen, no matter how low.
The ultimate aim of Karate, therefore, lies not in victory
or defeat, but in the true perfection of one's character.
On June 6, 2006, IKF Karate and the world lost a very dedicated and special person, Zachary Williams. Zachary was special from Day 1. He loved tools, from using a hammer and nails at age two, to advancing to drill and screws. Zachary had many hobbies, ranging from fishing to four-wheeling.
In karate, Zachary was quick with his hands. He loved throwing his front hand and blitzing. Zachary was very quick on his feet with good movement. Win or lose, Zachary had a great attitude. Wit a "pick me up smile", Zachary was a polite gentleman with a huge heart.
Zachary was eager to learn and would do things over and over until he got it right. Zachary's kia(yell) was an unique kia. His kia would stand out in a class full of students. If I had just one student with Zachary's attitude and heart, I would be satisfied as an Instructor.
Zachary recently tested and successfully acheived his 7th. Kyu Yellow Belt In May, 2006. Zachary also competed in tournaments in both Albertville and Birmingham, doing very well. To me, Zachary was the ultimate "True Karate Person". Zachary and his family will always hold a special place in my heart. I will send a special prayer each day.
Shihan Rachel Camp, 5th. Degree Black Belt.
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