Amanda Kershaw

 

I’m delighted to be a member of the team at Black Scorpion Karate. I have known Paul for several years as a friend and fellow karateka, and it’s great to be now working with such a wonderful group of instructors and students.

I started karate training relatively late in life (mid-40s); like many others, it was a case of joining in with my daughter who had recently begun classes. In the early days, I could never have dreamed that I would make it to first dan black belt, but I have learned that with determination and self-belief, you really can achieve your goals, I passed my black belt grading in 2016 and 2nd Dan in 2018.

Having been through this journey myself, I would love to see more ladies involved with karate. No-one is too old, too unfit, or not “sporty” enough to start training. Karate truly is for everyone – all ages and abilities. As well as the health benefits of fitness and de-stressing, you will improve your confidence, form a circle of great friends and karate is something that the whole family can enjoy together.

Myself and my husband Martin (another recent addition to the BSK team) have lots of experience supporting and coaching youngsters both in class and at tournaments around the country. I myself compete in the Malta International Open which is a fantastic experience and won a Bronze medal for in the ‘individual veterans kata’ category at the 2019 event.

I am looking forward to continuing to develop my karate at Black Scorpion, training and working with fellow students and supporting our Chief Instructor Paul Selby.