Scotland’s first Black Belt

Tommy Morris, Scotland’s first karate black belt, is the acknowledged founder of organised karate in Scotland. He first became interested in the martial arts at the age of 14. “I suppose I was something of a seven stone weakling, though I don’t remember anyone kicking sand in my face,” says Tommy, “but I did decide to do something about it. I became interested in judo and ju-jitsu after reading several books and magazines on the subject. I had already come to the conclusion that proficiency in unarmed combat was a necessary part of any self-respecting man’s repertoire and of course it was also a great way to keep fit and develop my physique”.

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