Category Archives: Author is a white belt (10th kyu)

The karate nursery kid

Admittedly, this blog is mostly a knee-jerk reaction to the fact a 5-year-old has beaten me to yellow belt (well done Sam!), but this blog is about the argument of ability versus experience.

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Boldly going where no push-up of mine has gone before

Do you remember the 80’s TV programme Super Stars? Well I feel like I am training to take part. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it was the original gladiator – people pitted against each other – the … Continue reading

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An unexpected benefit!

I have a new found respect for Michelin star chefs sweating in kitchens the world over. It is not their knife skills nor their ability to make the perfect chocolate fondant…no, it is their ability to do all of this … Continue reading

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The day after the day after

If you are like me and haven’t really done any proper exercise for a few years, it is hard to really appreciate just how unfit you are. I had lulled myself into a false sense of security – I was … Continue reading

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Repeating the Houdini fail

It is true what they say that doing a martial art gives you confidence. When you finish a class you feel like you can take on the world. The reality is that you cannot. You cannot even take on your … Continue reading

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My first Goju Ryu class

Entering the Dojo for the first time was pretty daunting – it’s a kind of pit-of-the-stomach daunting. Kind of like when you are going to take a test. “Just walk through the door you idiot”, I told myself over and … Continue reading

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Finding Goju Ryu

Ok, so I consider myself a fully fledged member of the Karate Kid generation. And I am not talking about the most recent bastardisation of the film (sorry, but it should have been called Kung Fu Kid), I am talking … Continue reading

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