I began training at eight years old after my parents told me I was going to karate instead of football. I was devasted as I was scared to get hit, kicked, beat up etc. But under the comforting guidance of Master Robson, I could get past that fear and anxiety of being hit, which guided me to where I am now and made me a better person outside of training. As I wasn’t the most disciplined kid you’d ever have met, I’ll admit. The school showed me discipline, taught me respect, and made me into the person I am today. I am incredibly grateful for this because I don’t think I’d ever have gained the benefits and discipline I received at the school and from Master Robson. I earned my 1st Dan (Cho Dan) in 2014 and 2nd dan (Ee Dan) in 2017. Master Robson called me up to join the ITP program recently. I look forward to getting more training and teaching to hopefully be able to teach and instruct classes in the future.
A bit about myself- my name is Callum, and I am 18, and I am a drummer (occasionally). I love all things football, cars, music and tv shows. And most importantly, karate and the 80’s. I’m living the Johnny Lawrence lifestyle I know. Even my favourite band is Guns N Roses. Unfortunately, I am incapable of saying more than three consecutive sentences without referencing something of the above. Luckily everybody is used to that now. But on a serious note, I like to be competitive in everything I do, and I am determined to be the best I can be with everything I’m passionate about. I am sometimes overly confident, and I like to get things done. I never strive to be anything less than the best; if I can do better at something, I will not stop until I reach a satisfactory level.
The school helped me with a lot of things over the years. It made me confident from a young age, made me feel like I had a purpose and made me feel important. It feels like a second home to me, and I will do anything I can to improve it and grow and prosper. It’s the least I can do to repay everything it has done for me.