2nd Dan Black Belt - Shotokan Karate
Having grown up playing games and watching Martial Arts films i have been obssessed with Martial Arts ever since I started doing karate with Sensei Ben when I was 8 years old. I consistantly did two classes a week and my determination and enthusiasm was rewarded when I was promoted to Junior 1st degree black belt when I was 14 years old. It was awarded to me by the Chairman of the British Karate Association, Sensei Brian Seabright.
At this point I not only continued to train twice a week but also started helping to teach in the classes that were happening before my own. And as I continued to progress and improve I was able to again be promoted, to 2nd Degree Black Belt, when I was 17. When I was 18 I was invited by Sensei Ben to help teach more often and at different venues, which I was quick to accept.
I have competed in national tournaments in Karate however my passion for Martial Arts is not only focused on Karate as I also continue to train in Brizilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing, which I believe helps to deepen my understanding of Karate and the way in which it was originally meant to be applied.
While I do, and will always take the opportunity to continue to learning about other Martial Arts, Karate will always set itself apart in my eyes as there are simply so many aspects of it. Each of which can appeal to different people for different reasons. This, in turn, brings people together with the common goal of improving themsleves and eachother in a way that is hard to replicate.
As a Karate instructor I get a great sense of accomplishment in seeing a student being able to overcome an obstacle which they may have been stuggling to clear. Especially if i feel as though I've helped, be it through specific advice i may have given or through general explanations. One of the many reasons is that it's often something that I would have also struggled with in the past.
I aim to continue to immerse myself in Martial Arts and continue to seek the perfection of both my character and my skills. I am immesely proud to now be an instructor in the Crouching Tiger Karate team and to have the opportunity to teach something that was, and is, an important part of my life.