George was an exceptionally gifted karateka because he actually wasn't 'gifted' IMHO AND I SAY THAT WITH TOTAL RESPECT - please let me explain.
George was only young when he hit the scene. but he was a 'big lad ' as they say. he just through limb length could out reach most and reach Jodan heights with Kicks. but that would never be enough and he and Steve C knew it.
he trained very hard and took the advice of his instructor and became very mobile and VERY accurate with certain techniques.
He also traveled - as did all Steve's students to any competitions going - i know this cos he (SC) sent me and mine to the same. (get experience! - i can hear him now!)
George began to become continually more successful and this meant he fought bigger and stronger opponents constantly and as this happened he showed he was a strange combination - he would say 'i am sh*tting myself about this next guy' and then he would step up and ABSOLUTELY DOMINATE THEM WITH A VARIETY OF SKILLS AND TOTAL SPIRIT - literally no fear!
he would then come off and say - 'glad that's over how did i do?' - He went on to be European Shotokan Champion in a day when that was gonna be hard to win.
the following is a personal anecdote that i swear is true.
Money was tight and i was training at Enoeda Sensei's course at Crystal palace - I went in a pub with a group one evening and we saw the beer prices - way above what we had budgeted for. I said to my group 'Hang on a minute 'I'll be back'.
I walked outside and George came out - we knew each other.
One off us said - 'have you seen the prices in there!'
we both said - 'Off Licence
! and we both walked off to find one. we did and the evening flowed fluidly for all concerned.
the pub never new why!