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According to the blurb on the back of this DVD ‘Randy Williams: A Profile ‘, ‘Randy Williams began training at Leeds Shotokan Karate Club in 1975, under the club’s chief instructor Bob Rhodes. This was the start of a long and distinguished career in Shotokan…’ Randy was a member of the KUGB National Squad, keeping his place on this illustrious team for eight years. This DVD profile makes it very clear the reasons for Randy’s inclusion in this team for such a long period of time.

In only the second fight shown on the DVD we are treated to one of Randy’s incredibly sharp gyakus, and truth be told, I missed the jodan gyaku until the slow motion version was shown, it genuinely was that fast! If you don’t believe me, watch the first clip shown on this highlight video on youtube:

 

I’ve told you it’s coming and I bet you still missed it!

This kind of gyaku can be seen scoring point after point across many of the matches highlighted on this DVD.

One of the most obvious traits, other than that gyaku, was the fact that Randy was incredibly light on his feet, with swift, sharp movement across the mat, something I personally am very envious of! Moving into an attack is always relatively easy, but getting out after committing so heavily can be so difficult, but Randy makes it look so easy. His backwards motions seem just as clean and swift as his forward, he makes light work of getting away from most of his opponents after an attack.

His agility sees him move from one end of the tatami to the other with ferocious speed, something his opponents often became the victim of, as evidenced in the clips on this DVD.

Randy Williams: A Profile culminates in a particularly impressive final match, with a too-fast gyaku (once again, thank goodness for slow motion!) scoring on his forward moving opponent, a superb gyaku from a rooted position at the edge of the tatami, and the match being ended by a falling Randy catching his opponent perfectly, before even hitting the ground, seeing the fighters swiftly switch places, with Randy on his feet and his opponent on the mat. 

The DVD Randy Williams: A Profile features 50 minutes of archive footage, and although, due to age some clips can be grainy, you cannot fail to be impressed by the speed, accuracy and reaction of the incredible Randy Williams.

To get hold of a copy of this DVD, which I would recommend you do, please visit:

 http://store.legendtv.co.uk/product_info.php/cPath/6/products_id/102?osCsid=0j4ilggm4k8hj737rcqph1ipn1

RIP Randy Williams, a great loss to the Shotokan community.