As a teenager my main sport for years was rowing. But it’s not an easy sport to access and I also was useless at any sports requiring the use of a ball, bat, shuttlecock or similar. So I started martial arts at the age of 18, first of all trying Shotokan Karate which I studied at the Budokwai in London.
I enjoyed the training but moved away from London so some years later tried out Okinawan Karate, Gojo Ryu in Old Stratford. But while I enjoyed studying a martial art again, I didn’t click with the style.
Then I tried Jado Kuin Do in Towcester with my then 5 year old son Laurie. The instructor was great and I found I much preferred the style of this kung fu based martial art which I found quite different to Karate. It just suited me better.
Fast forward to 2020 and I have been a Jado Instructor myself for over ten years. I have gained my first and second black belts and am working on my third. I opened a class first of all in Deanshanger before moving to St Albans where I opened another class which is now based in Harpenden. Of course, we have been training entirely online since Monday 30th March, only missing one day’s training on Monday 23rd while we worked out what to do during these strange times. I look forward to reopening the physical club in October when we hope to welcome new members once more, as well as our diligent cohort of established students who have been training and grading throughout the year.
In the New Year I will be offering a new class of Jado Chi which is a Jado take on T’ai Chi, free of sparring and syllabus work for those more interested in health and vitality. For more information please get in touch via the contact page.