ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
MEDAL Mr Raymond Douglas BEATTIE, Manly, NSW. For service to
sport, particularly Rugby League football, to the film industry,
and to the community through Celtic heritage organisation.
Ray Beattie Sensei commenced training in Sydney Australia with Paul
Starling Shihan, in private lessons at the Private Dojo in Hornsby
in the mid 1970's (approximately 34 years ago). During this period of
time, most of Ray Sensei's development in Karatedo has been through
personal instruction by Starling Shihan along with periodical
attendance of classes, seminars, and camps.
Amongst Ray's early Karate camps were those at Tallangatta on the
Victorian Border (circa 1975-1977) when Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi
taught, along with his sister Wakako Yamaguchi Shihan (former All Japan
Female Kata Champion), and Kihei Sakamoto Shihan (former All Japan
Kumite 2nd place medalist, for both JKF and IKGA).
Beattie Sensei came from a sporting background, having played Rugby
League prior to commencing his Private Karate training. In those days,
he held a very senior executive position at a Sydney based Television
Station, so he turned to the Martial Arts as a form of stress relief as
well as for physical fitness, flexibility, and self defence.
Since obtaining his Instructors credentials in the I.K.G.A, Ray has
also become qualified as a Yoga teacher, and as a Reiki Healing
Practitioner. These days he assists David Harrison Jokyo at times
throughout the university semester, at the Macquarie University Dojo,
not only with Karate Instruction but also teaching Yoga, Meditation,
Stretching, and Breathing methods, as well as Self Defence Techniques.
Ray Sensei's forte has always been Kumite related, and he was known as
a very fierce and determined fighter in his younger days. This was as a
result of countless hours of sparring with Paul Starling Shihan as well
as bag and pad training, in the old Hornsby Private Lesson Dojo.
Many of the Sydney Black Belts from the regular classes received a
shock when facing off against Ray in Kumite. Over the years he had
become a very strong and effective fighter through his 'Private
Lessons' and his talents had not been fully revealed to some of his
more unsuspecting sparring partners.
Amongst his fighting qualities were his relaxed explosive execution of
techniques, plus his unprecictability as well as his spontaneous
reactions. These had been honed by continuous defence against attacks
with a Shinai (bamboo sword) every lesson by Paul Starling Shihan.
Ray Sensei credits his Karate training with helping him in many areas
of his life. When he first started, he was used to relying on physical
strength and aggression brought forth from his previous sporting
involvements. Through his Martial Arts exposure, he learned to remain
calm and centred, thus focusing his energy on the situation at hand.
These qualities were also advantageous to his later pursuits of Yoga
He is also a qualified Karate Sports Coach, through the National
Coaching Accreditation Scheme hosted by the Australian Karate
Federation (AKF). Ray has now gone full circle, as he was a former
Australian National Sports Commissioner (which was in the
administrative area of Australian Sports) progressing through to his
present role of Karate Coach.
·Executive Producer, many
fine Australian films
including Young Einstein and Pricilla Queen of the Desert.
·Former Executive [ Australian Television
·Former Australian Sports Commissioner
·Former President of the North Sydney Bears Rugby
·Australian Scottish Heritage Society.
·Master of Ceremonies at the W.K.F. World
do Championship Sydney 1986
·Qualified Yoga and Reiki Instructor
Former Australian Film Commissioner -Australian Film Commission.