On Sunday 5th March Shihan Chris Thompson was presented with his 9th Dan by Neville Smith on behalf of the association.
Congratulations Sensei from us all within your Washinkai family on such a fabulous achievement.
Below are Neville's words;
'As you are aware this is the BTKA's 40th Anniversary and this has come to fruition due to our Founder and Chief instructor Sensei Chris Thompson.
Forty years ago he was like a Captain James T Kirk who famously said from the USS Star ship Enterprise "TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE" well Sensei, boldly did what no other Karate-Ka had done before.
He had a dream and a vision and he put his heart and soul into teaching and promoting Karate to all who wanted to learn to reach this goal.
Since that day he has worked long and hard to develop and grow the Association to the high standard it is today, he is well respected by other senior Karate-Ka from all over regardless of style or association. His skills and his knowledge are second to none and recognised by all within the Karate world.
The good name that the BTKA/Washinkia holds speaks for its self.
He has written books and made training Videos to pass on that knowledge and understanding to all who care to. He has spent many years working for the governing body assisting in ensuring that Karate retains it's good name and that the true spirit of Karate-do is followed and adhered to.
So it is with great honour and pride that I today have the privilege on behalf of all the senior instructors and all members of the association by presenting sensei Chris Thompson with his Kudan - 9th Dan degree black belt certificate.
I would like to thank Alison for her assistance in making today possible by the Black Ops she has conducted in obtaining the certificate from the closely guarded stash that Sensei has.'
Neville then handed proceedings over to Mike O'Brien who was there representing the English Karate Federation and presented Shihan Thompson with an EKF 9th Dan certificate.