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 'Gary' -  3rd Dan      


My Interest in the martial arts started at the age of 10 years.

However, it was not until1976, whilst returning from hospital after being treated for a broken nose whilst playing cricket, when I saw the sign 'Judo Karate Aikido' outside Great Britain's oldest dojo at Leicester's Secular Hall. Enquiries were made, and soon I was training with Sensei Conroy.

Eternally grateful for the batsman who's shot broke my nose!

For the past 28 years, I have been privileged and fortunate enough to be trained by Sensei Conroy, the finest instructor I have come across.

I have also had the opportunity to train with and be graded by Japanese Sensei's Enoeda, Tomita & Kawasoe and have attended residential courses.

Sensei's Conroy's extensive knowledge, vast experience, firm training methods combined with his friendly personality, make him an ideal instructor who has helped me to develop both physically and mentally and given me the confidence to tackle any potentially aggressive situation.

Through his coaching, I have been able to pass my knowledge on to my children and nieces who are also instructed by Sensei Conroy.

I have every intension to progress and further my study of the martial arts through Sensei's coaching for as long as possible, as I fine it very enjoyable and get a sense of achievement after each session.