martial arts, shotokan karate, self defence
Richard Price - 2nd Dan
Initially, I became
interested in martial arts after watching a number of Bruce Lee movies
that inspired me to get fit. At that time I was smoking and drinking a
lot and generally unfit. I called a friend called Malcolm who was
studying Wing Chung Kung Fu and asked for his help in achieve my aim,
hoping at the same time that he would encourage me to stop smoking and
drinking. My friend made one condition for his help “stop drinking and
smoking or our friendship is over”. It was obvious he meant it and
valuing our friendship, changed my ways, and was invited by him to train
in his style of Kung Fu.
I then enlisted in
the army, and over 5 years trained in a number of disciplines which
included Tae kwon do, jujitsu and karate. On been discharged from the
army I became interested in, and started a new style of karate, where
after several years attained black belt.
Again, wanting to
expand my knowledge on martial arts, I began searching the internet
where I discovered this website of Sensei Conroy, and thanks to him I
have learnt more about myself and karate than I have ever done in my
other styles of martial arts.