I've been a keen karate student for 16 years, Shukokai and Shotokan, but there still seems to be no shortage of things to learn and explore. I'm hoping this blog will allow me to share my experiences and hear other martial artists thoughts.

Sensei David

Our club recently awarded our sensei with his 6th Dan. The award was greatly deserved and it was easy to see how well regarded Sensei David is by his students when he was given the award.

Clearly the role the sensei plays within any club is an important one. I think the level of regard a sensei is held in by his students gives a clear indication of how well they have fulfilled this role. I also think the longevity that they hold the role of a sensei shows how relevant they have been to their students and also how they have maintained a commitment to their art.

I would imagine this blog provides a sense of how important Karate is to me and I will always be thankful to Sensei David for creating an environment that allowed a passion for Karate to take root within me, be nurtured and grow to be such a strong element in my life.

I had a few years away from Shukokai but it felt great to come back to the club, almost like coming home in a way. Spending some time studying Shotokan Karate has given me an appreciation of the strengths of the different approaches and allowed me to understand what I really enjoy about studying Shukokai Karate under Sensei David’s tutelage.

I always enjoyed the more physical side of training working with the pads and the focus mitts. Now I feel I’ve learnt more I’m enjoying the freedom to explore different elements of Karate and revisiting kata to understand moe their practical applications.

In a way I think in the same way your understanding of your martial art increases and deepens with time and study so does your appreciation of your sensei and the important part they play in guiding your study.


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[…] who train with the club right into their teens and beyond. A good few posts ago I wrote about our Sensei David and how I think he does a great job leading our […]

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