51 SENIOR MARTIAL ARTISTS FLOCK TO CELEBRATE THE 9TH GM RONNIE COLWELL OLD WAYS SEMINAR AND HIS ATTAINMENT OF THE RANK OF “CHOUKEI” – 50 YEARS ELDEST BROTHER OF THE KIZUNA BROTHERHOOD.
50 years ago, in 1968, GM Ronnie Colwell (10th Dan) transformed an abandoned church mission building in Toxteth, Liverpool in to what was to become an internationally famous dojo and brotherhood. Both the Liverpool Shaolin Karate Club and The Kizuna Brotherhood were born. The 9th Old Ways Seminar saw official recognition of GM Colwell’s attainment of the Kizuna Rank of CHOUKEI – Eldest brother of 50 years.
GM Colwell was a practitioner in both Shotokan Karate (10th Dan) and Jiu Jutsu (9th Dan). Despondent with the modern-day departure from the traditional teachings, nine years ago, he launched The Old Ways Seminar.
He led the teachings throughout – a stipulation being that only brown belts and above could attend. Since GM Colwell’s passing in 2015, this annual Old Ways Seminar legacy has been kept intact.
On Sunday March 4th, 51 senior martial artists descended on Liverpool from all over the UK and Europe too. The 9th Old Ways Seminar (seniors) was led by Kizuna Brotherhood President, Peter McDowell (7th Dan) and the international legendary martial artist that is Terry O’Neill (8th Dan).
The Junior seminar was led by Harris Jonas (7th Dan), Guy Keen (6th Dan), Steve Catt (5th Dan) and Lucienne Galea (4th Dan) who had flown over from Malta to attend the seminar.
100% of the profit from the Old Ways seminar is donated to The Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool – GM Colwell and his wife both benefited from their skill and expertise in the final months and years of their lives. This year’s seminar raised an incredible £1,149 that has been given directly to the hospice in Liverpool.