I would like to say thank you for persuading me to go to Whitchurch, because if you had not kept asking me, I would never have known what an experience this course was. As it was my first time, I was a little nervous and apprehensive, but once I had met everyone, I felt very welcome and more relaxed.
It was good to meet and train with other members and be able to see Sensei in his home environment, this for me has taken that nervous edge off the whole grading experience.
Training for me was brilliant, I enjoyed the various activities that took place and particularly enjoyed triangle-training, where we followed an attack-block combination around in a circle.
I have learnt a new kata, Gojushiho Dai , this kata was very intresting to learn, difficult at times, but fun! We also learned the bunkai for parts of this kata in pairs. (One attacks whilst the other defends)
I would recommend this course to any brown belt karateka as it is both useful and enjoyable. I thought that I would be nervous and under-perform but after relaxing, I was able to enjoy myself and also gain useful advice from other Black belts.
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