Answer these 3 questions!
Did you do Karate when you were younger?
Did you, for some reason, stop along the road to black belt.
Has that decision niggled you from time to time ever since?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to these 3 questions – be afraid – be very afraid – you could be in danger of becoming a ‘born again Karateka’!
We have seen dozens of men and women returning to Karate after absences from training –
sometimes very long absences – our own personal club record ‘break’ is 32 years!
Returning to something you did as a younger person can be very special. Frank Sinatra famously sang that ‘love is lovelier the second time around’ – Karate can also prove to be so as more mature people have different reasons for taking up training again. These may vary from starting again with their own children or returning to something after retirement that they enjoyed when they were younger.
And guess what?
All these returning students all exhibit the following traits:
They know the score. Getting back into gi is like greeting an old friend.
They train harder They are Old School!
They know what is expected and strive to deliver that – most of all to
They come to and leave class with daft grins on their faces.
If you think you are in danger of becoming a ‘born again karateka’ here’s a piece of advice:
‘Dive In. The water’s lovely’