I joined karate because some family members were doing it at the time. I enjoy sport and karate looked like something different and interesting. Now I have carried on with karate because it is a good way to keep fit and is a useful form of self-defence. I would like to progress through the Dan grades because this is the next step for me. I enjoy the many branches of karate such as bunkai, competition and Kumite. Elements of karate are fun, test your stamina, strength, agility and courage and karate allows you to improve in these areas. Learning a martial art gives you courage and confidence outside of the dojo and when people know you do karate they are impressed.