A True Warrior
He’s Affectionately known as “pin Leg” and has made history in the British Army, now Cpl. Colin Hamilton of the Blackwatch is making further breakthroughs by becoming a student of the Hiken Dojo and Bujinkan Ninjutsu in addition as his wife and two children Darren and Denver. Ninjutsu to Colin is more than an art and allows him to use quality time with his family. On first to peek briefly – Colin seems normal but closer inspection discloses a sordid past that not many men or women could resist. He is an amputee and has major burns over his body due to an horrific accident whilst serving in Kosovo. This is only the half of it; after wining a battle with the MOD to keep as an active soldier, he further served in the conflict in Iraq and now the battle he faces today is that of his development as a modern warrior of Budo.
Standing in Colin’s presence can only humble you further, especially when you moan about having the cold, flu or just can’t be bothered to aim. Hatsumi is a great pioneer of the essence of Nin and Ninpo and holds above all else – perseverance in training and developing all aspects of the self in Mind, Body and Spirit. Colin’s disability does not keep up him back and if anything – he is a very humble person to be around and shows determination in everything he does. Perhaps one of the most important aspects and sayings of life is that the teacher will come when the student is ready and the only thing I feel is that the roles are reversed, I am no longer the teacher. Nin is persevering and lasting above all else and in Colin – we have NIN.
Read about Colin online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4011365.stm perhaps you may find that little spark that will give you the determination to aim in all aspects within budo. No injury or excuse should stop you from training and already the simplest lesson can produce great results for in our martial spirit we have no flaws – the trick is to understand the spirit within and use the character of the spirit on the outside.