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