martial arts, shotokan karate, self defence
Darren Conroy - 1st Dan
I started attending karate classes down St.
Mathew’s sports hall over 15 years ago. I obtained orange belt
within the first 4 months of training but left due to other worldly
priority commitments that seem to appear in your teenage years!
There I train continuously for about 2 to 3 years
and was finally graded to 2nd Kyu. In the meantime, I had
got married and decided to move to a small farm over 40 miles away
After a while, I parted company with the wife and
moved back to
I will never forget the people who helped me get there. Sensei Conroy, Sensei Gordon, Sensei Nagin, and all the other wonderful students that I’ve trained with other the years.
Not only have I made dear friends through karate but good allies as well. The amount of mutual respect shown in Sensei Conroy’s dojo is second to none. His professionalism and dedication to all students shines through on every session and his full-time commitment has inspired me to train even harder.
The one thing I can take from karate and put into the real world is ‘discipline’. Having the discipline to take instructions and process them internally (without question) is an obtainable skill. This skill is really handy when confronted by an awkward situation, whether a fight or an argument with a loved one or friend.
I am now continuing my training and working hard towards my 2nd Dan which I will hopefully earn within the next 2 years or so. I really enjoy the free fighting and advanced training methods that 1st Dan challenges you with.
I have also noticed a level of confidence, not arrogance, which has built up over the last few years. My main aim is to help other students achieve their goals and ambitions, just like Sensei Conroy helped me.