5th Dan Black Belt
I had been studying various styles for many years. I started as I wanted to be able to defend myself after an incident where I was hurt quite badly, I was not able to defend myself or pick up on the situation as it unfolded.
when one of my children expressed an interest in learning self-defence. Unfortunately, he found the classes he tried to be intimidating. So, the decision was made for me to teach. 14 years later the passion and excitement I had year one is still there. Watching people develop and grow not just as martial artists but in confidence is priceless.
Do not let age, fitness or the fact you have never done it before put you off. We have all been white belts.
3rd Dan Black Belt
When I first started training with GWMA, I never would’ve imagined I’d become a black belt, let alone help with the running and teaching of the club 10 years later!
Not only have I improved my fitness levels, I have also developed the skills needed to de-escalate confrontational situations and defend myself if needed.
Perhaps the thing I am most thankful for is the sense of community in the club.
I was very shy when I first started, but thanks to the warm and friendly environment, GWMA has boosted my confidence immensely and I have no doubt that it has help to shape me as an adult. It can be scary starting something new, but once you start martial arts, you won’t look back!
2nd Dan Black Belt
Hi I'm Jules,
I'm between 45 and 50 years old, evidence that it's never too late to learn. I practice GWMA under Gavin Walker.
This is a mixed martial art with aspects of Goshin Ryu, Shotokan and Akido.
I'm currently a 2nd Dan Black Belt and I have been practising for 11 years.
What I especially enjoy is the takedowns and throws that we learn, The knife work is also fun.
Special note to Sensei Gavin Walker, he is accommodating with adapting aspects of the syllabus for different needs, which is especially helpful being dyslexic as it takes me longer to learn things which is not helpful with me, still at my age constantly getting left and right confused.
Many more happy years to go!
1st Dan Black Belt
I’ve been going to GWMA for the past 6 years. It has given me strength, stamina, and flexibility. But also, the ability to teach others and to do things out of my comfort zone.
If anyone told me when I started that I would be helping others at the start of their martial arts journey, I wouldn’t believe them.
The confidence that I have gained from the club has improved other aspects of my life including my stutter.
I am eternally grateful for the friends that I have made there.