Alex was a pupil at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys prior to making his decision that karate was to be his professional vocation. He is one of Martin’s three sons, but the only one whose sporting focus is on karate. His hard work and ability has earned him success in regional, national and international competitions, leading to his call up for the England national squad in kata and kumite. In September last year, Alex competed for England in both kumite and kata at the World Championships in Portugal and was part of the gold medal winning kumite team. In November he represented England again in kata at the European Championships in Spain.
Within the club, Alex leads training for students of all ages and abilities, but he is particularly good at working with children. His ability to describe movements in a straightforward way, using examples the children can understand, helps them quickly grasp the subtleties of the techniques and establish good form and habits early in their karate training. They identify well with him. Working 1 to 1 or in small groups, he is able to ensure children do not feel overwhelmed by the pace of training and the level of concentration required.
In addition to his teaching, Alex also trains under Senseis Sherry and Harford. He doesn’t view his black belt as the end of a journey, but as the start of a new stage in his development in the sport. Alex represents his country on the KUGB England Squad in both Kata and Kumite.
“It is a huge honour to be selected for the national squad, but it is also a big responsibility. I know that some of the younger boys in the club look up to me and I don’t want to let them down. Being a role model makes me train harder and focus on being the best I can be. When I am teaching, my goal is for even more Hale Karate Club members to be competing in the national team.”