My martial arts journey
I started martial arts at the age of 17. I was incredibly skinny, I had severe asthma (which resulted in many stays in hospital) I was bullied severely. I started martial arts simply to get stronger and control my asthma. Little did I know that it would become such a massive part of my life.
I still remember walking onto the gym and meeting my trainer (the legendary Graham Brockway ( https://www.facebook.com/9.yah.9.yah/)). The first class was really tough and I struggled throughout and didn't complete most things. There were so many people there and they were all so good. Above all though I loved it. My trainer will tell everyone that when I walked through the door he thought I would last two weeks, this year I am celebrating 30 years involved in martial arts.
I came back for the next class and really enjoyed pushing myself, there were many times when I couldn't walk without my legs shaking. I had my first fight within three months andI won my first title within five fights.
In total I won two world titles, a European title, an intercontinental title, a British title and a Welsh title. I also twice won the WUMA European and World games, I am currently a black belt 4th Dan and I have been inducted into the WUMA Hall of Fame twice (http://wuma.cosmicsitedesign.com/old/HOF/HOF%202001%20%201.htm) and I have also been inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame (https://www.facebook.com/maionline/).