Sensei David Judah Daniel
I’m currently a 4th Dan karate black belt. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. Unfortunately my early days of school were not pleasant at all and I was a victim of bullying.
My Dad’s advise to me was, not to come home and tell him I’d been beaten up or he’d do the same. My first lesson in self-preservation; not the sort of advice I’d give but looking back, this was good advice for me, although a little harsh at the time. That’s how it was back then.
I explored the combat sports available to me which included schoolboy boxing and wrestling. I began karate and martial arts later in life. Starting with Shotokan and then moving on to Shito ryu.
Now in my mid 50s, I train everyday. Sometimes twice a day. I train to become a better martial artist, teacher and mentor.
In addition to my achievements in martial arts, I have also gained level 2 instructor qualifications. These are in Gym and Circuit training. I’ve always kept up with a tough training regime and encourage my students to keep on top of their fitness levels too.
Still a student, I recently competed in a kata tournament in Japan. I regularly train with my Sensei in the UK and In Europe.
We are a growing club and have around 100 students training at our Bristol dojos. Our plan is to expand membership and increase the number of training nights. We currently train up to 7.5hours a week. (See timetable)
We encourage families to train together and often split the classes so everyone can take something useful away with them. We practice in the traditional way building on our basic technique, kumite and kata amongst other disciplines.
Self defence is a major part of each class. Typically, we rehearse 'bunkai' - (The techniques often hidden within our kata) - and then we adapt these techniques so they work effectively on the street.
At the club everyone looks after one another. We are friendly and make a point of welcoming new members without intimidation. Holding a mutual respect for our training partners.
The journey to black belt
It is within reach for just about everyone with the right determination. At the dojo, we learn, practice and refine our art. Fitness is a result of this training along with a sense of achievement.
Results come with a little commitment from you and us at the club. So one day you wake up and realise just how much you know. And the journey continues beyond black belt...
A karate club for all abilities and all ages.