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Finding my spirit shout

What is a spirit shout? Contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with vodka and my shouting into the porcelain megaphone – which is legendary, by the way. Rather it is each person’s outward expression of their inner … Continue reading

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33 reasons to love Goju Ryu karate

Why 33? No particular reason. Just thought it was a nice number. Here’s a list of 33 reasons to love Goju Ryu karate: 1. Fitness – before I started Goju Ryu I was the Jonny Vegas of fitness – preferring a pint of Guinness and a … Continue reading

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An unexpected benefit: part 2

I’ve never been the kind of person who just dips their toe in the water to see how it feels. Nope. I jump right in or I don’t jump in at all. With Goju Ryu karate, it is fair to … Continue reading

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Grading – yellow belt (9th kyu)

Grading – yellow belt (9th kyu) The air of mystery that surrounds a karate grading session is palpable – it’s like you’ve got to get somewhere really important, without a map that points out what you might encounter along 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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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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