I began training karate in the fall of 2005 with my motivation being to get into better physical shape. Even though I exercised regularly I felt karate would add a new level of fitness. Shortly after I started training I found that karate was not only great for getting into physical shape but it was also mentally stimulating for me in a way other exercises were not.
In April of 2013 I earned my Shodan – black belt and my Nidan while training in Japan in August of 2016. I continue to train to stay in shape but also for the great mental workout. Helping teach classes brings its own rewards as I watch students I teach improve and gain confidence. In August of 2016 I had the opportunity to travel to Japan with seven members of the Kanto Sho Karate Club to train with Glen and Tannis’ friend, Sensei Kikumura at his dojo; an experience that I will always remember as one of the highlights of my karate experience.
The Kanto Sho dojo has become an important part of my life as well as my family’s. We have met many great people along the way and with the growth of the club over the last few years, we have made some great friendships!