1st Dan Black Belt in Wado-Ryu
I started my Karate
training when I was 16 for a variety of reasons. I had always been fascinated
by the martial arts and wanted to learn something that was practical for
self-defence as well as being disciplined but fun to learn and would increase
my fitness, flexibility and reactions.
I looked at a
number of possible martial arts clubs before finding the British Contact
Sports Karate club in my home town of Loughborough, which was run by Jon
Jepson (now 5th Dan), whose instruction further increased my enthusiasm
and interest in the martial arts.
a 2½ year break from regular training between 1995 and 1997 due to a combination
of back injuries, other sporting commitments, work and travel I returned
to regular training and achieved my 1st Dan Black Belt in Wado-Ryu April
Since then I
have also trained in a variety of other martial arts for varying amounts
of time, including Tae kwon do, Ju Jitsu and Lau Gar, seeking to increase
the repertoire and breadth of my martial arts skills and experience.
I have been very
fortunate to find clubs with very open-minded instructors who have also
trained a variety of different styles and welcomed alternative input from
I recently discovered
SOMA whilst looking for a place to continue with my Ju Jitsu training
after moving into the area for my job. I have already been impressed by
the opened minded and high quality of instruction at the club, which is
the most unique and practical martial arts club I have seen. I feel very
fortunate to have again found an excellent place to improve and broaden
my skills in the martial arts and intend to train with them on a regular
a basis as my other commitments allow.
Nikolas Hill 21st