Sensei Carroll was the inspiration behind Idokan chief instructor Renshi Kevin Walsh’s ‘Fight for Life’ seminars, which are taking place around Australia this year to raise money for the Cancer Council.
Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, Carroll had undergone a mastectomy and countless treatments of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and blood transfusions, continuing to teach jujutsu whenever she was able. However, the aggressive cancer ultimately moved to her skeletal system.
Renshi Walsh said the mother of two would be remembered “for her friendly smile, quick wit and, of course, her outstanding martial art talent.”
Hanshi Hamada, vice president of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai from Kyoto, Japan, also paid tribute to Carroll’s ability and character, rewarding her posthumously the rank of shihan and a place in the DNBK ID Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
“Wendy was one of the most courageous budo trainees in the DNBK International Division, who showed great skills and spirit in jujutsu,” said Hamada. “She participated excellently in many DNBK-sanctioned events and it was noteworthy that she showed her gutsy, courageous effort by overcoming her dire physical limitations in the elite Budo Jujutsu seminar held in Kyoto 2009, despite the hardship she had due to her intensive cancer treatment.
“She never surrendered to the illness and fought gallantly to the end. DNBK considers her as one of the best elite members who demonstrated consistently the great fortitude and courage of Samurai tradition.”
(Blitz would like to express our deepest sympathies to Carroll’s family, friends and colleagues at the Idokan and DNBK – Ed.)