Joe Roses says martial arts has given him “so much”. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong from the Canberra Times.
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I bring you the story of Jose “Joe” Roses. Joe came to Canberra, Australia, from Spain. He is a bus mechanic. As a migrant he was bullied at school. At 18 years of age he learnt Karate. But he uses it more as self-defense than anything.
What a great way to respond. Stop the cycle of retaliation by learning an alternative and learning to discipline your anger and other passions.
Since then, Joe has taught others to discipline themselves. They learn karate more to avoid fights than to start them. As we read from The Canberra Times:
The 63-year-old black belt has been an instructor in Goju-ryu karate for more than 40 years.
His gentle demeanour and calm voice reflect his philosophy that martial arts is about avoiding a fight, not seeking a confrontation.
Now, Mr Roses has been recognised for his contribution, awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to karate.
Joe’s story is a wonderful tale of learning from experience and helping to make those after us the better for us being here. Joe, take a bow. Well done.
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