2nd Degree Black Belt
I initially joined Fighting Fit because I needed inspiration, having found going to the gym tedious and repetitive and I wasn’t really getting as much out of it as I could have and wanted to meet new people. I had done some karate as a teenager which I had regretted giving up due to other commitments and have always been amazed by what I’d seen in martial arts movies. I decided to give it a go and started going to classes to see what they were like, soon realising it was just what I wanted. I found the variety and fast but thoughtful pace instantly enjoyable and motivating. Very quickly I was hooked and I joined the club.
I went from going to classes once a week to six classes a week and more. Training had really become an integrated part of my life. I have really felt how my health, fitness and general wellbeing has improved through it. As well as the physical benefits, training has given me greater confidence, focus and really motivated me to work hard and realise you reap the rewards of what you put in. I have found there has always something new to learn no matter where you’re at or how much you work. When I first joined back in summer 2007, I never expected that by now I would have been through the many gradings I have, been involved in local displays and competitions, been away on training weekends, attended courses including my instructor training, become an instructor, and had all the fulfilling experiences I have.
Having been awarded my first degree black belt from Mr Lloyd in 2013, after a long period of hard and focused training it is without doubt my greatest sense of achievement and has made me want to continue to progress knowing there is still so much to learn and set the next set of goals.
I have since got my 2nd degree in kick boxing and have been grading in Kung-fu as well, with the aim of one day achieving a black belt in this too.
I have made very good friends and you really do feel like you are a part of a team and working together, contributing to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with hard work and everyone wanting to see everyone else develop and achieve success in their own goals. It all sets an example of what can be achieved when you set your mind to it and persevere.