Hello my name is Liam Matthew stone. I started karate at Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club four years ago and I loved it from the start.
I started because sensei Ian Garside and sensei Stephen Warburton came to my school to show us some of the basics, as soon I got home I told my mum and dad I wanted to join.
On the first night I got stuck straight in with my basics it took me a while but after a few lessons of working and trying hard I started to get the hang of it.
The night of my first grading was a bit frightening but I got to meet sensei sherry for the first time the speed he moves is unbelievable and he has a keen eye for detail.
I always tried to know my next kata in advance so I could be one step ahead. White belt to red belt for our kumite we had to do five attack I thought that was quite good. Then from yellow to purple and white we did one attack and every time we graded closer to purple and white a new kick got put in and by purple and white we had to do a spinning back kick called Ushiro Geri. one attack was even better than five attack and when I got to brown belt we do semi free and freestyle, for me that’s when it got really good.