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Dave Church - 3rd Dan

In 1989, at the age of 9 years old, I started training in Karate under the teaching of Sensei Harvey Smith.

From the moment I started, I immediately loved it and couldnít get enough.  I trained as much as I could entering competitions and doing a few courses with Sensei Tony Conroy now and again along the way.

In 1994, I achieved my Shodan under the examination of Sensei Conroy, finally achieving my black belt.  I remained training hard up until 2000 when, for personal reasons had to stop because I didnít have enough time to train.

Now, in 2007, I have finally returned to training again under the teaching of Sensei Conroy.  I have been back a few months now and I am still enjoying it.

Karate teaches discipline, self defence and is great for flexibility and fitness.  I hope I never have to give up karate for any reason again, after I have missed it so much.

My plans for the future in Karate are to get as high a grade as I can, possibly teach and continue to train for as long as possible.