At first glance Freemasonry and martial arts might not have a great deal in common, but recently raised Master Mason Nick Brown makes a persuasive case to the contrary.
Having just retired from a 43 career in fighting styles including judo, karate, tang soo do, ju jitsu, submission fighting, pancrase, thai boxing, aikido, sipalki kung fu and brazillian jiu jitsu, he joined Citadel Lodge, No 1897 and completed his Third Degree at the Lodge’s most recent Meeting.
So what is the connection between Freemasonry and martial arts (apart from some of the manoeuvres seen at the bar after Lodge meetings) ?
Bro.Brown explains: ‘I am constantly looking for deeper understanding and advancement, both physically and spiritually, so when I retired from sport I started to look deeper into the Masonic experience.”
Assisted by a lifelong friend and member of Citadel Lodge, he spent some time gaining a better understanding of Freemasonry, particularly the vital role that charity plays.
“This is important to me, and I have previous experience of fundraising as I walked across the Sahara guiding a blind man in aid of WheelPower in 2007” he says.
WheelPower is the national charity for wheelchair sport, with whom the Middlesex Masonic Sports Association has organised a sports participation day at Brunel University for 12-18 year olds on 7 June – more details can be found here: www.mmsasports.uk/juniorsports.htm
Bro Brown is eager to build on his Masonic journey so far. In the short term, he is looking forward to carrying Citadel’s banner at the Provincial AGM on 8 May, while longer term he sees additional positive benefits. He explains: “There are many things I have to learn in my journey through Freemasonry and meeting and making new friends across the Brethren in different Lodges is high on my list.”
Article replicated thanks to Provincial Grand Lodge of Middlesex
Bro. Nick’s achievements include
Judo champ 1972, TSD UK champ, Pancrase champ, BAMMA, cage, Brazilian jiu jitsu 2011, European champ, Submission champ , runner up World title attempt. Various runner up’s and silver medals.
“There are many things I have to learn in my journey through Freemasonry and meeting and making new friends across the Brethren in different Lodges is high on my list.”