At the age of five my sole purpose in life was to become a Power Ranger - so when a local karate club opened I felt it was my calling...
Karate was brought to Japan in the early 20th century by Gichin Funakoshi. Starting off as means of self defence for people to protect themselves against bandits and invaders in Okinawa it has grown dramtically into an Olympic recognised competitve sport.
Aside from Karate being the popular sport it is today, it primarily is a martial art with the aim being to achieve mastery over the human body and mind through hard work and dedication.
"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants"Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan karate
Although I sadly didn't become a Power Ranger, Karate has still been a big part of my life and has shaped me hugely as a person. My persaviverance, hard work and dedication is attributed to my training, and are applied to all aspects of my life especially programming. Over the past twenty years I've received two black belts in two different styles and competed in multiple national and international (both at world and european level) competitions.