In 2005 I began Kyokushin karate, training with EKK. Prior to starting kyokushin I found myself going through hard times. I’d been diagnosed with depression and I was determined to overcome it without the help of drugs. Something had to change, I had to get out of the same rut I found myself in day in day out. I needed to get out, meet new people and more importantly challenge and surprise myself. Why not get fit and learn something that could one day be a potential life saver. Art class was out and karate in.
I stumbled across EKK by chance one day while out for a walk. I entered, with what was still just a thought and after asking a few questions I then knew that this is what I needed, this is what I had been looking for.
Until I started I had no idea of just how unfit I was. Everything was a strain and made my body hurt and shake but I was determined to keep pushing, all the time using Sensei and the club as motivation, I persevered. As I started climbing the ranks, what once killed me was now easy. Karate was working. My depression was long gone, my body stronger than I had ever known it and most important I was in control again.
Certainly training with such a friendly and supportive club (my 2nd family) has made my journey to black belt much easier. They made it fun and enjoyable and when I doubted myself they were always there to push me, believing in me one hundred percent.
As a token of my appreciation to the very hard working Sensei, Sempais and members of EKK I wish to pass on the knowledge I have learnt to other students in a way that would make my Sensei and club proud.
The rewards of karate are priceless, fit, happy and confident.