Senpai Andrew


About four years ago, I was curious about the idea of trying out some sort of martial arts (I had never heard of Kyokushin Karate) with the intent of maintaining some fitness, but also with the desire to learn to better protect myself and my family in the event of a physical threat. In reality, I thought I would most likely be a bit too old (then 40 years old) to begin martial arts, but after a quick Google search I came across EKK’s website.

I was instantly impressed when I spoke to Sensei Vaviti and decided to ‘try it out’. From the moment I walked into the dojo and saw the way the students trained and responded to Sensei’s instructions, I decided to sign up and give it a go. I can honestly say that the concept of getting through to becoming a black belt, never occurred to me.

However, it did not take me long to realise that this was a fantastic place to train. My fitness and strength improved incredibly quickly and with the instruction and help of Sensei and the instructors, my Karate techniques also developed. Sensei’s knowledge and skill in Kyokushin is truly inspiring. However it’s his ability to impart and share those skills that is most impressive. The patience and the time he invests in his students to ensure they learn the correct techniques still impresses me. The great thing that you will find at EKK, is that no matter what level of skill or fitness you begin with, if you are prepared to push yourself, then you can be assured that Sensei will invest his time to help you.

I’ve always enjoyed sport of all kind, but I am now fitter and stronger at 44 years old than I have ever been in my life. On top of that Karate teaches you humility and provides you with goals and keeps your life balanced. When you train at EKK, you escape everything else for a couple of hours. You train your mind and body. At the same time, you learn how to truly defend yourself.

When I reflect over the past 4 years, I can’t believe how far I have come. It has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life and

I cannot thank Sensei Vaviti and his instructors enough for their inspiration and training.  The spirit of Kyokushin Karate is “to never give up”, but you don’t really know what that means until you have spent some time training  at EKK.

Whilst, I have certainly achieved what I set out to do, there is no doubt that training at EKK will be a part of my life for a long time to come.


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