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
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'ÃÂs 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
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"ÃÂ
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.