martial arts, shotokan karate, self defence
Tim Wood - 1st Dan
My 6 year old son decided he would like to study karate so we enquired at
our local dojo in Aylestone and booked him in for his first session
with Sensei Kevin King (4th Dan) in August 2008.
As I sat and watched my son enjoy each lesson more and more, I wondered
if I should join in. Initially
I just wanted to have some more exercise and a few months later I
decided to take the plunge. One
of the best decisions I have ever made.
Under the brilliant guidance of Sensei Kevin King, my son and I
progressed through the grades with a full understanding of the basics
and later more advanced techniques.
I also regularly attend classes with Sensei Tony Conroy (7th
Dan) and benefit greatly from the additional and varied techniques he
has introduced me to. More
recently I have been training with Sensei Richard Price (2nd
Dan) who is patiently giving me some assistant instructor tips.
My son and I graded shodan together in October 2012.
A beast of a day as anyone who has done the same will no doubt
testify but a day I will remember for the rest of my life, in more
ways than one!! My
eleven year old son profoundly remarked afterwards “congratulations
Dad, we have made it to the beginning”.
Such a true comment and we both eagerly anticipate furthering
our studies in years to come.
Karate and my teachers have inspired me not just to increase my fitness
levels through regular training and thousands of press-ups!! but also
to improve my concentration levels, confidence, respect for others and
patience. They have also
given me the focus to be able to completely forget about the pressures
of modern life from the second I walk into the dojo.
I have recently trained with Fujita Sensei on a two week intensive course
in Japan where I furthered my studies and gained some vital experience
to help improve my skills. I have also attended two vital point
classes with Sensei Rick Clark (8th Dan) and two Masters of
Shotokan Classes organised by Sensei Tony Conroy all of which were
incredibly useful to further my knowledge and improve my ability as a
dedicated and fascinated Karateka.