Seamus O’Dowd (6th Dan SKIF) has been a student of Martial Arts for thirty years, and has trained with many of the top instructors of Shotokan Karate in the world. He is an occasional contributor to a number of Martial Arts magazines, and produced a number of DVDs, including one entitled “Kanazawa No Bo” with the legendary Kanazawa Hirokazu Sensei. He also regularly travels to many countries to teach karate, tai chi and bo-jutsu.
In the weeks before the grading examinations, the dojo was buzzing. It seemed like there wasn't room to move in class with so many people training with enthusiasm, trying to impress the Sensei enough to be allowed to test.