My life has changed in a big way since I started karate. I have learned to do a lot of things, such as techniques, stances, self-defence and generally becoming more responsible and respectful.
Karate has been great for my health and fitness, I enjoy pushing myself to higher levels of endurance and strength with support from my seniors
The people I have met through karate are so great and kind. They go out of their way to help their friends/colleagues and it is an amazing feeling being part of the camaraderie of Shiryodo dojo (club). I am learning the proper way to defend myself. I have learned that I need to respect my teachers and others while I am in and out of the dojo.
I have been learning karate for nearly 5 years and now I cannot imagine my life not involving karate. It is a key element of my life and it has helped me to grow as a person. When I started, I didn’t automatically enjoy it but as time went on and the longer I was involved with Shiryodo Karate, I came to love it. I made friends at the dojo who inspire me. Sometimes they give me a hard time, but they push me to be better and make it fun.
I have learned about Japanese culture and karate, however I still have a lot to learn about. I am really looking forward to learning more. The better my skills in karate become and as my knowledge grows, karate will get easier.
I enjoyed the weapons sword training and will continue to do more weapons classes
I have been exposed to many karate traditions, such as bowing to my opponent and superiors to show respect. Entering and exiting the dojo to thank and respect those that have taught karate in the past and continue to teach in the present is another tradition that I now know to follow. Meditating to clear the mind is another aspect of karate which before I started I didn’t know was important. Now I understand there is much more to karate than the stances and techniques, there are a lot of rituals that go alongside karate practice.
There are 7 karate Bushido virtues which I strive to follow, which include GI (integrity/rectitude ), REI (Respect), YU (heroic courage), MEIYO (honour), JIN(compassion), MAKOTO (honesty and sincerity), CHU (duty and loyalty).
All the sensei’s and sempei’s have been fantastic mentors and have generously shared there knowledge and time, my gratitude and respect to them all
My dad, has had a significant influence on my life and in karate. He has encouraged and motivated me to follow through, focus and to be committed he also supports me by taking me to training and paying for the classes.
My journey as a karateka has been very enjoyable and highly rewarding and It was all possible due to my Shihan Malcolm Ayles, whom I am very thankful and has my utmost respect Osu.