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Movember for Shihan Paul Coleman
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Ended Dec 20, 2013
I am not raising funds for a charity, but for one individual in need, my friend Shihan Paul Coleman, highly respected 7th Dan Goju Ryu instructor, is in need of aid with his battle against prostate cancer. . More ...

I am not raising funds for a charity, but for one individual in need, my friend Shihan Paul Coleman, is in need of aid with his battle against prostate cancer. 

This month is the month of Movember, when many people don't shave in order to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and funds for treatement and research

I have not participated before, in fact I've never had a beard before, desperately feeling the urge to shave after at most 3 days normally, but this month in the spirit of Movember I have been soldiering on despite the fluffy hairy jokes, not shaving specifically to help my friend, and Goju Ryu Karate instructor of over thirteen years, Shihan Paul.

Shihan Paul is the head of the Oxford Karate Academy, a 7th Dan Black Belt instructor and examiner under both the All Japan Karate Federation Goju Kai, and the All Japan Karate-Do Seiwa Kai Association, he has been teaching Karate in Oxford over 30 years, improved the confidence and skills of thousands of students world wide, and seen 91 of his personal students gain grades from 1st to 6th dan (a minimum of 3 years training for 1st dan, 23 years for 6th), he is very highly respected worldwide for his instruction and ability. It was through martial arts that I met him, and though I enjoy his instruction greatly, all I wish right now, is that his time with his lovely wife Natasha, his incredible one year old boy Blade (picture from a few months ago) and his elder son Aaron, can last as long as possible. 
(You should see blade pop out karate moves on demand at his age!) 

The NHS at first offered him a drug trial with a new directed radiation treatment that shows great promise, but subsequently dashed his hopes as his condition is not yet severe enough for their short list. all donations (less the unavoidable transaction fees)  will go towards seeking similar treatment in the US or Europe.

I've started this donation page late, I already have 20 days of growth and the urge to shave is high, so please donate anything you care to spare to encourage me to see the month through, and help Shihan Paul get the treatment he needs.

Obviously Shihan Paul needs a lot more than just £500, so many of his friends and students are participating in various events to raise money for him, such as a sponsored ride from Oxford to Cheltenham, and a 24 hour kata-a-thon. No-one is expected to donate to all of these, however, as encouragement if my lofty goal of £500 is passed, I'll stay unshaven for an extra week so I’ll have an even greater weakness when sparring, as all the students will be able to pull my face about by my manly facial growth. 

Fraser Long,

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