Brother Robert McPhee is fighting fit

When it comes to looking after himself there are few Brethren who can match SPGM Robert McPhee.

Bro. Robert – who will step up to the role of Depute PGM at the start of next year under the new Commission – is also a high-ranking martial arts expert.

He recently reached the level of 3rd Dan in Tukido – a form of Martial Arts developed by Grand Master Hock Aun Teh, an internationally renowned artist who travelled from Malaysia to Scotland in the 1980s to promote Tukido and his artwork.

Tukido means “the art of skilful combat” and is designed to improve fitness, combat movements, develop self-defence skills and stimulate the senses with an increased awareness of surroundings.

Bro. Robert on the receiving end during a training session with Grand Master Teh.

Bro. Robert first took up the sport in 1991 and it has played a big part in his life ever since. He gained his Black Belt 1st Dan in 1996 and has won two bronze British Championship medals and obtained his 2nd Dan in 2010.

His quest for further advancement in Tukido has taken him to training sessions in Beijing and Malaysia where he had the opportunity to train with founder, Grand Master Teh.

Bro. Robert, a PM of The Lodge of Erskine No. 1566, says: “For me Tukido and Freemasonry go hand in hand with both being deeply rooted in respect for others.

“Tukido has instilled in me a never-give-up positive attitude and a great desire to help others. I find it an exhilarating and exciting sport that promotes self-defence, fitness and a feeling of health and well-being.

“The great thing about Tukido is that anyone can take part in classes where students of all levels can work on basic fitness, flexibility and co-ordination. You don’t have to be fit to start and people see the benefits very quickly.

“I still have a lot to learn. You have to attain the level of 6th Dan to before you become a Master, so I still have some way to go!”