martial arts, shotokan karate, self defence
Martin Cunliffe - 1st Dan
of all I should say that I never imagined myself becoming a black belt
in karate, let alone at the age of 51. I'm not the conventional sporty
type, and certainly not a natural at karate, but I've always kept myself
in shape, having played badminton for many years as well as being a keen
canoeist and white-water kayaker ~ but in early 2006 my wife and I
caught sight of an advert for a new karate class at Claybrooke Magna
village hall and decided to go along to see what it was all about.
for me the class was being taught by Sensei Conroy. With his help and
encouragement I soon found myself the proud owner of an orange belt and
was really enjoying it. By the spring of 2007 I was a 7th Kyu
and had started training twice a week.
the next few years, slowly but surely my techniques improved and I
worked my way up through the coloured belts, finally achieving 1st
Kyu in December 2009.
September 2011 I was graded 1st Dan by Sensei Conroy.
that I am a black belt I am enjoying Karate more than ever and would
recommend it to anyone as a fun and enjoyable way to keep fit, flexible