Sunshine Coast man proves you're never to old to learn
After six months of research, a 26,586 word thesis, and a two hour oral examination of it, 73 year old Garry Maher of Peregian Springs has recently received his nationally recognised government qualification as a 'teacher in the advanced skills of martial arts'.
Garry, a former police sergeant took up karate nine years ago as a way of keeping fit and 'young in the mind'.
As a Black Belt 3rd Dan teacher at Noosaville's Karate Budokan International, Garry's job is training and passing on to others the wonderful physical, mental and spiritual benefits of karate.
"One of the reasons I sought this qualification was to better equip me with the knowledge, skills and the latest trends and issues in best practice in teaching karate, which hopefully will be reflected in the knowledge and skills of my students", says Garry.
Garry's involvement in the KBI Masters group for the over 50s has been one of the highlights of his karate 'journey'. Garry is firmly of the view that karate has something to offer everyone.
He has helped people who nervously commenced their training with feelings that it was beyond them into becoming agile, confident and motivated people.
"I can identify with such people because I nervously commenced karate at 65 years wondering what on earth I was doing in a karate school. But I hung in there and with the assistance of the friendly teachers, worked my may up through the belt ranks until I reached what I thought was an impossible dream - a 1st Dan Black Belt at the age of 68 and eventually my 3rd Dan at 72 years of age. I'm a great believer that the joys and challenges of youth should not be solely the preserve of the young and that anything in life is possible but the impossible, it seems, just takes a little longer!"
Garry is always looking for people to 'come on board' and share with him the challenges and the real sense of well-being that the wonderful martial art of karate provides.
Garry can be contacted through Karate Budokan International's training rooms in Gibson Road, Noosaville call 5455 5222.