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Why I Love Karate

I was very sporty at school and did most activities, karate was never on my list of things I wanted to do. My younger brother decided he wanted to go as his friend was doing it, so my mum told me I had to go with him!

I can still remember my first class, there was about 30 students all in their white suits, it looked terrifying! We learnt two punches, Junzuki and Gyakazuki, how to turn, Mawatte, a front kick, Maegeri, and started learning the kata Pinan Nidan.

I walked out there exhilarated, it wasn’t just the physical element I’d enjoyed, even from the first class I could see the mental stimulation, understanding what and how you were performing a technique.

Not sure whether who was more surprised when I got home and said that I needed a gi and licence! That was in 1986, and I still love it now.

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