Student Profile – Isabel

Student Profile – Isabel

 How old were you when you started training and why did your parents chose martial arts?  I was around 7 years old when I started ECKA. My mum chose martial arts because she wanted me to develop self confidence, make friends and have fun. How do you maintain your...

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Student Profile – Aidan

Student Profile – Aidan

I joined ECKA around 10 years ago, when I was 5.   My parents are both black belts and my older brother had also started at another club, and I really wanted to get involved. I was interested in ECKA and their style of martial arts, because this was the style that my...

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Student Profile – Penny

Student Profile – Penny

 How old were you when you started and martial arts? I think I was about 40.  I tried a little krav maga and some tai chi before I found ECKA and kickboxing. Why did you choose ECKA? Originally it was because my kids had joined as the classes . I stayed with ECKA...

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Parents, what about you?

Parents, what about you?

Parenting seems the hardest, yet most important job there is.  Always finding the best ways to care for your kids, often wracked with guilt that you aren't doing enough or correctly etc.. You have a desire to offer your child as much as you can, allowing them to try...

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I forgive myself when I get it wrong!

I forgive myself when I get it wrong!

Why did you join ECKA? I have experienced a few violent incidents in my lifetime, at the hands of strangers, and I felt that I needed to be better prepared to keep myself safe. The final straw for me was when I was attacked by three teenagers in Hemel Hempstead in...

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Being Smart in Challenging Times!

Being Smart in Challenging Times!

I was feeling as though I had slightly overindulged over Christmas. The combination of lockdown and the poor weather meant that I was less inclined to exercise. I was immensely grateful for the kickboxing sessions over zoom with my friends from the dojo, but I had...

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Mentally Prepared?

Mentally Prepared?

Today I considered a familiar statement, I hear often from students: “I don't feel mentally prepared for this competition. So, I won't do this one, because I want to win, I will do the next one.” I wondered "Can you be mentally prepared, if you are not regularly...

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Assistant Instructor –  Pete Jardine 2nd Dan

Assistant Instructor – Pete Jardine 2nd Dan

Spotlight on Pete Jardine, Assistant Instructor I started training in Martial Arts at age 11, Lau Gar Kung Fu. I trained for 2 years but gave up when I started secondary school. I started ECKA in January 2010. My goal was to achieve my first Dan black belt by age 40...

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Student Profile – Pete, 1st Dan Black Belt

Student Profile – Pete, 1st Dan Black Belt

Meet Pete Jardine, current 1st Dan Black Belt 1 How old were you when you started training and why did you choose martial arts? About 11 years old, It was the mid 80’s and it was very popular at the time, lots of kung fu movies etc.. Regrettably, the club I joined...

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Feeling the Fear? Are you sure?

Feeling the Fear? Are you sure?

How do you feel before a karate competition or grading? Stomach tense, heart beating fast, anxious anticipation of what’s about to happen?  Typically, the answer would be nerves or fear. However, which other emotion shares the same bodily symptoms of pounding heart,...

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Self Defence; Body or Mind?

Self Defence; Body or Mind?

So what would you do if….? Anyone who learns martial arts will be familiar with the above question. “So what would you do if someone held a knife to your throat and asked for your money?” “So what would you do if someone pulled out a gun on you?” You get the idea? ...

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Self Defence; Body or Mind?

Self Defence; Body or Mind?

So what would you do if….? Anyone who learns martial arts will be familiar with the above question. “So what would you do if someone held a knife to your throat and asked for your money?” “So what would you do if someone pulled out a gun on you?” You get the idea? ...

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