(1 December 1954 to 16 November 2006) TERRY TAYLOR SENSEI
Who suddenly passed away just moments before the start of the
BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS' MARTIAL ARTS FESTIVAL FOR THE DISABLED
Which he founded and hosted so successfully over so many years
On 16 November 2006, Terry was just about to launch the 2006 MARTIAL ARTS FESTIVAL FOR THE DISABLED, known as 'BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS'. Terry’s dream was to help develop the self-esteem and enjoyment of disabled people by working with a team of highly committed and devoted instructors across a broad range of martial art disciplines. Sadly and suddenly, he passed away, leaving a legacy but all the instructors and the staff of the Sencio Community Leisure Centre in Swanley, Kent carried on the programme to the joy of all attendees.
Terry’s email and website will be maintained and news of how the dream to carry on the “Breaking down of Barriers” will continue for the continued development and happiness of disabled people across the UK.
He was a second Dan shotokan karate instructor. He decided to start teaching people with a visual impairment just after He got his first black belt. However from that he learned to teach people with a wide range of disabilities and have developed from that.
Is Club had a mixture of disabled and non - disabled students (just as it should be) and he believed from this everyone gains and through this learns to accept each other for what they are - and not what they are not. In short, it's integration.