A large team of members from AOGKF attended the IOGKF World Budosai in Okinawa, Japan last month. The event made history when it became the largest Karate related gathering in Okinawa ever! However, along with being a part of International history, AOGKF made its own mark on the event with it’s chairman achieving the prestigious rank of Roku Dan (6th Degree Black belt).
Sensei Kevin Nash is a veteran Karate expert with over 35 years of continuous training in the art. The head of the Woden Valley Karate Dojo, located at St. Peters and Paul’s primary school in Hughes, Sensei Nash also acts as the chairman of the Australian Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation – one of the Nation’s largest traditional Karate organisations.
Affectionately known around the world as ‘Sensei Kev’, this man who lives and breathes traditional Karate has trained all across the globe, including having visited Okinawa three times in the past twelve months to perfect his skills further. His dedication to his art saw him invited earlier this year to sit the grueling grading tests of the International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation (IOGKF) under the federations most supreme Master.
Even more intensive training followed as Sensei Kevin Nash put all his focuses into achieving the opportunity that had just been granted to him. Daily practice continued as he prepared his body, mind and spirit for the physically and mentally demanding challenges that awaited him in Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate.
Always humble, Sensei Nash entered the closed grading examinations with a positive attitude and calm nature. After what seemed like an eternity he and the many others that attempted similar test exited the dojo, heavy in sweat but still strong in will.
The results for the grading test were announced some five days later at the end of the world Budosai event. Many of those over one hundred people from over forty different countries who sat the tests were unfortunately not successful. However, this was not the case for Sensei Kevin Nash. The world chief instructor of IOGKF and the federations supreme master announcing that he had been successful in his mission and had achieved the rank of 6th Dan! The room (especially the Australian contingent) erupted in cheers and applause for Sensei Kevin Nash and his efforts, commitment and passion towards traditional Karate both across the world and here in Australia.
Following the announcement, Sensei Kevin told all present, ‘I would like to acknowledge and deeply thank my mentor and Sensei Joe Roses for 30 years of Karate instruction. He has helped me throughout my Karate training and every bump in my bumpy road. I dedicate my 6th Dan to him and my family.’