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Ronald Stewart Watt OBE ORS KHT

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 7th Sept. 2015. Registration No. 0362 (Vol.2)

Arms: Argent, from a mound Vert an oak tree Proper fructed Or and on a chief enarched Gules a wreath of oak leaves of the Third.

Crest: A tiger salient Proper.

Motto: Procede Cor Fortis.

Grant: The “Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland” on 2nd May 2015 at the Court the Lord Lyon.

The Arms of Ronald Stewart Watt OBE ORS KHT

The oak tree on the shield relates to the surname Watt while the colours red & white denote the colours of the Japanese flag and recognises the armiger’s award of the Order of the Rising Sun.

The laurel leaves denote the armiger’s personal world championship awards and those of his students over the years. The tiger is a symbol of power and strength and as such is the symbol of the armiger’s Shotokan style of karate.

The motto means "forward braveheart" taken from the braveheart warrior tartan specially produced for World karate championships in Aberdeen 2001.

The armiger is married to Gail and they have two children and one grandchild.

Educated in Aberdeen he armiger became an Engineer until an accident forced a career change. As a result he took up karate as a means of aiding recovery which lead to a total life change. This led him forming his own karate academy and studying in Japan; he is now an 8th Dan..

Over the years he has represented Scotland and Great Britain in the sport and is a coach and a Director of one of the major schools in karate. During his 50 years in the sport he has changed the lives of many men, women and children and continues to do so: he has personally and single-handedly taught and mentored more than 22,000 pupils in the sport of karate (both adults and children).

Mr. Watt was Scottish team Captain from 1975-1978, representing Scotland on the world stage five times and held the title of Scottish Open Champion in 1985. He was a competitor for the British Team and a squad member on their visit to Japan in 1988.

He personally organised the ‘World Championships 2001’ in Aberdeen – the first five styles championships to be held in the UK attended by 800 Black Belts from 46 countries throughout the world. In 2002 he organised the WKC Britain and Ireland Referee and Judges Seminar attracting over 100 referees and officials from federations within the UK.

He supports the mental, physical and spiritual education of children along with support for the empowerment of women to feel confident in themselves. He coaches and mentors an ever increasing number of adult ladies from beginner through to world championship medal winners, changing lives and strengthening personal confidence. In addition he works with schools and children to introduce the values and spirit of Shotokan karate. Over the years he has helped his students to win 48 World medals.

He is a member of the Japan Society attending events to strengthen the bonds between Scotland and Japan, and raising funds for the Japanese Red Cross to aid the ongoing Tsunami relief effort in Japan.

The armiger instigated and has organised the Scottish Samurai Awards over the past 22 years to celebrate those who serve and excel. These awards are ongoing and recipients include Billy Connolly, Sir Ian Wood, Lord Elgin and Alex Salmond.

In 2004 Mr Watt was appointed as a Burgess of Guild of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen. In 2005 he was inducted into the British Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In May 2010, on behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government, the Japanese Consul General in Edinburgh, Mr Masataka Tarahara, presented him with the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver rays. This was in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to karate and commitment to strengthening the relationship between Scotland and Japan”. He is one of only a handful of Scots in history to be awarded this high honour.

In the New Year Honours for 2011, Mr. Watt was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) receiving his award for HM Queen Elizabeth.

In 2014, he was awarded a Commemorative Medal of the Trnava Self-Governing Region (TSGR) of Slovakia by the TSGR's president, Tibor Mikus.

Recently he was made a Knight of the Confraternity of the Knights of the Most Holy Trinity.

In 2015 he is to be inducted into the European Martial Arts Hall of Fame.


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