A few words from Abi about her first year of "the way", her karate journey.
It is all to easy as an instructor to forget what it feels like to walk into the dojo for the first time.
"I started karate at Selby Shotokan Karate Club in August
2011. My partner Dave had been doing
karate for a while but had been on a long (very long!) break for various
reasons. My first session flew by in a
blurry muddle of my uncooperative arms and legs. I always thought I had fairly good
coordination, until I walked into the dojo and the ability to determine left,
right, up and down was magically removed by a hall of people wearing strange
white suits. But you know what? Dispite feeling a little bit lost and quite
unfit...I absolutely loved it and knew I needed more. So began my journey.
The next session came around and I still felt out of my
depth but managed to remember a couple of things. Then, before I knew it, I had bought a
gi. Uh oh, this was serious! Things started to make a bit more sense and I
was spending a lot of time watching videos of the kata I was trying to
learn. Sensei Paul and Sensei Rebecca
are amazing, as well as the other wonderful people at the club. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming, patient
and helpful that I feel like I've been a member for years. It's a big family who look after each other
and I love that.
I was writing up my thesis when I started and karate was
the ultimate stress relief after a day of physics. My first grading was the Sunday before my
viva. I honestly can't decide which I was more nervous about. I passed and got my first coloured belt and
it was amazing. The biggest challenge
in karate for me is the fact that it
doesn't come easily. But when something
finally clicks, wow!
So here I am, nearly a year later, and I can't imagine my
week without a trip to the dojo. OSU!"
Thank you Abi, more of the same please from our other Karateka.
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