Consecration 15th October 2002
The Assistant Grand Master, R.W. Bro. David Williamson, assisted by R.W. Bro. Rex Thorne OBE PJGW, Chairman of London Management, V. W. Bro. Graham Redman PGSwd.B, Assistant Grand Secretary and other Grand Officers consecrated a new and unique London Lodge in Temple 10 at Freemasons’ Hall on Tuesday October 15th 2002. The Shotokan Karate Lodge No. 9752 is made up primarily, but not exclusively, of brethren who have a past or present interest in the martial arts and the 40 Founders are drawn from all over the United Kingdom and abroad.
The Assistant Grand Master brought the Lodge into being in a moving and flawless ceremony that was only matched by the equally impressive manner in which R.W. Bro. Rex Thorne installed the first Worshipful Master,W. Bro. R. E. Michael Randall MBE LGR – an 8th Dan black belt who is Europe’ highest ranked (non Japanese) Shotokan Karate instructor. W. Bro. Lester Wellington and Bro. Anthony Kirby were invested respectively as the first Senior and Junior Wardens. The new Lodge looks set to expand rapidly and has already received six applications for initiation and a further six for joining membership.
The Lodge Crest, designed. by acting Immediate Past Master Paul Hooley PAGDC, brings Art and Craft together emblematically with the square, compasses and two great pillars surrounding the stylised Shotokan tiger, adjacent is a black belt on a white apron tied in a square knot representing infinity. Of the new Lodge W. Bro. Hooley said “The principles and tenets of the Craft ever bear a near affinity to those practiced by instructors and students of Shotokan Karate in their dojos (training centres) and in their daily lives. If ever there was a physical and spiritual activity in total harmony with Freemasonry then it is surely Shotokan Karate. It is the Founders’ belief that both Art and Craft will be enriched by the formation of this new Lodge that by its very nature will ensure that brotherly love, relief and truth are practiced daily beyond the temple door and in ways that will bring credit to the movement, the Lodge and its members”
The regular meetings of the Lodge meets at Freemasons’ Hall Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ on the second Saturday in the months of February, April, October and December at such hour as the Master shall direct.