interest in karate, back in 1976, was inspired by the Bruce
Lee films, when at that time there was a general increase in
popularity of martial arts, and a number of small clubs
opened to cash in on the interest.
chose to attend one of the largest clubs in Leicester at the
time, knowing that it would be well run and have qualified
intakes every few months were quite large, and I was one of
15-20 beginners who soon formed friendships Ė some of
which have lasted to this day.
and three other girls were so keen we trained three or four
times a week as well as weekend courses when organised.
formed a ladies kata team, which together with the menís
fighting teams and individual events, we entered and won
National and Regional competitions.
taking time off to have and bring up three children, I am
again training regularly despite my Ďadvancing yearsí,
and recently attained my nidan (second dan) black belt.
have never had to use my skills, but the knowledge gives me
much more confidence that I would be able to defend myself
in an assault situation. Iím sure I walk with that same
confidence, and who knows, that may have been a deterrent in
a possible incident.
will be continuing to train for the foreseeable future, as
the exercise keeps my weight in check as well as keeping me
fit. I hope to train for many years to come.