Back in 2009, I wanted to improve my level of fitness and thought that a two to three day exercise regime consisting of running and weight training would help me to achieve this. I subscribed to a gym membership and commenced training however after a short while I found that I wasn’t enjoying it that much due to the isolated nature of the training. It just wasn’t much fun on my own and my enthusiasm for it dwindled quickly.
At that time I thought perhaps a team sport or group participation activity was probably what I was looking for. I then recalled doing Karate for a couple of years whilst living in Japan during the 80’s and 90’s and thought it worth investigating further.
That’s when I came across EKK (Extreme Kyokushin Karate). What immediately attracted me to this DOJO was the fact that it was a Kyokushin DOJO. Having lived in Japan, I knew Kyokushin Karate was renowned as the world’s strongest full contact Karate. After visiting the EKK Dojo to view the training, I knew it was what I wanted to do and so began my Kyokushin journey in October of 2009.
Now it is 2013 and my Kyokushin journey is 4 years in. It’s amazing how quick the time has gone and looking back it’s even more amazing how I have moved up through the different belt colours to brown belt black tag, one step away from black belt.
It’s safe to say that the journey hasn’t been easy and has required a big commitment to see it through but if I look at the benefits of fitness, strength, discipline and friendships, it’s an achievement that’s been well worth working towards.
None of this could have been achieved without the superb instruction, guidance and support from Sensei Vaviti and his team of instructors. Sensei Vaviti is a true Karate Master in all aspects of the art. Sensei is strict but kind and always approachable and I thank him and his team of instructors for making my Karate experience a very enjoyable one.