Karate draws people from all walks of life – young and not-so-young, students and retirees, men and women, of all shapes and sizes. But why take our word for it? In this series, we hold a quick Q&A with our students to find out about them.
This time around we’re talking to Sarah, 20, who joined us about three years ago. She is currently a brown belt and studying in university.
1. Why did you join Ashihara Karate?
I wanted to try a new sport and learn self-defence. So I’d thought I’d join Ashihara Karate to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. I'm not very tall or big (140cms, under 40kg) so I like that the club teaches us sabaki techniques to defend ourselves against bigger opponents.
2. What is your favourite part of learning karate?
Stress-relief and meeting new friends.
3. What’s your target/goal in class for now? (Example to do a technique well, or master some skill, anything)
I started out very stiff and not able to raise my legs high for kicks. After help from my seniors (lots of stretching!) and a lot more stretching on my own, I’m able to go higher.
I aim to be able to stretch beyond my toes and to improve my sparring/sabaki techniques, and also to get even better at mitt practice. One day I’ll put a dent in the tyre we use for conditioning!