Tuesday, October 02, 2007

IN MEMORY OF Shannon Trantham, Sensei

Manny Saavedra, Kaicho Shannon Trantham, Sensei

"If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind." Kahlil Gibran

Who and what exactly does it mean to be a role model? For me, a role model is an individual who acts as a guide; a person who uses their personal experience to inform and help direct the life of others in a positive light. This positive attitude is extremely important for young people and others who may feel that nothing positive happens or will happen in their life and need to hear and see how to achieve and succeed in spite of all that seems at odds in their lives. Role models possess qualities that we would like to have and emulate. Shannon Trantham, Sensei was that role model. He had a great effect on many lives.

Shannon Trantham, Sensei was an important a member of the World Sansei Koryu Gojukai Karatedo.
He traveled extensively for seminars, camps, tournaments and advanced training, always bringing back knowledge to share with the organization.
Sensei Trantham was noted for his integrity, professionalism and unconditional commitment to excellence in his field, his enthusiasm, drive and ability to motivate others has afforded his students the ability to bring out the best in themselves. To have known Sensei Trantham, one quickly would of enjoyed his sense of humor, warmth and commitment to the art of Karate.

The underlying principle of the World Sansei Koryu Gojukai Karatedo is to "seek perfection of character through the perfection of technique". Sensei Trantham was known among his peers for being meticulous about technique and form. He was often sought to teach the intricacies and details of kata application. Because of his attention to details, he was one of the World Sansei Koryu Gojukai Karatedo Technically gifted leaders. He helped many students to develop courage and a positive demeanor in karate, which transcends into their daily lives.
We will miss him always.
Shannon Trantham, Sensei