Another set of images for the Karate Masters Portrait Project. Masaji Taira is 8th dan in Gojoryu karate . You can read more about him on Wikipedia.
Here you can see the result of years of conditioning the knuckles by striking hard objects with bare fists.
Love those knuckles mate. Love karate at is is always the nice old Ogisan that turns out to be the guy who could effortlessly rip your head off if he needed to a la Mr Miyagi in the Karate Kid. Love the dignity and power in these shots. Damon