Mr Paul Williams has been training with us since 2013, but was actually an original member of the original NLTKD under Mr Albert Williamson-Taylor. When I joined the original NLTKD back in the early 1990’s, Mr Paul Williams was a very useful Red belt whilst I was a shiny brand new white belt. I looked up to Mr Paul Williams and all the other senior belts.
Fast forward to present day, when he now comes into class I feel like a white belt again and I insist on calling him “Sir” but he insists I am now the “sir”. To solve the problem of who is the “Sir”, I have been calling all members of the NLTKD “sir or “ma’am” regardless of rank.
Like I have surpassed Mr Williams in grade, I sincerely hope some of my student will surpass me in grade too. Many have already surpassed my achievements and rightly deserved to be referred to as “Sir”.