30 Years and still going strong-Sensei Paul Parlett

Australian instructor Sensei Paul Parlett, was recently inducted into a sporting hall of fame in his local town for his achievements in Karate...

Sensei Paul Parlett (5 Dan) from the Institute of Traditional Karate, Goulburn, explains the great achieve he recently received.

“In April, I received a phone call from the local Goulburn council. At first I was confused as to why they would be calling me, but very soon it became clear as to why they were. After a few minutes of talking about my karate school (NSW - Institute of Traditional Karate Goulburn) that I have been involved with for the past 30 years. I was informed that I had been nominated by 3 members of the local community to be inducted into the Goulburn Sporting Hall of Fame, and that the hall of fame committee has accepted my nomination and I was to be inducted in July. This came as an extremely big shock to me, as I know several of the inductees from the past years, all of who, I think are exceptional athletes, such as Olympic gold medalists, Olympic representatives and world champions. Also, my karate instructor, the late Sensei David Lambert, who was inducted after he passed away in 2000. The induction ceremony is every 2 years, and with large amounts of nominations each year, I was lucky enough to be selected to be inducted, which is something that I am extremely proud of, and one of the greatest achievements of my karate life.

On the night, I was interviewed by the Master of Ceremonies, Mr Graham Northy. Graham asked me about my years in karate and how it has been a positive influence in my life. He also mentioned that I have represented Australia at the ‘IOGKF world championships’ twice, represented Australia at the ‘World All Styles championships’ in 2006 in Queensland, won the open ‘heavyweight bare knuckle full contact’ Australian championship 3 times, ‘open kata all styles Australian champion 3 times and also ‘IFKKA Kyokushin heavyweight’ Australian championship twice.

On the evening I was fortunate enough to have my amazing wife Andri, my son Alex and my closest friends attend with me, with their support I have been able to live an amazing karate life. 

On the evening there was a charity auction of sporting memorabilia, from autographed photographs, framed rugby league jerseys and donated goods. I was asked if I could donate something that I have used over the year of karate, to which I donated my silk Shurado black belt that I had worn at most of my competitions over that past 10 years, this belt was framed and auctioned on the evening and was sold for $350 which will be donated to charity.

Being inducted into the sporting hall of fame is something that I am very proud of, and would not have been possible without the support of the IOGKF international, Sensei Morio Higaonna, Sensei Bakkies Laubscher and senior international instructors, Sensei David Lambert snr, Sensei Chris Larken, my amazing wife Andri, my son Alex and all of my friends and karate family.
As a five year old naughty boy starting karate 30 years ago, I have been extremely lucky and it has been an amazing journey, that is not anywhere near over yet.”

On behalf of IOGKF Australia (IOGKFOZ), we are also very proud of Sensei Parlett’s achievement. Under the guidance of Sensei Larken (7 Dan), IOGKF Australia is very lucky to have a large amount of talented instructors, with Sensei Parlett leading the way.