I'm really happy about joining Karate in june 2010 and I've been regular to the practice sessions since.
I was able to take to Karate quite easily as I've been playing sports on a regular basis which has ensured that I'm in good shape.
Attending two Gasshuku's (National Karate Camp) has only motivated me to pursue Karate more seriously. The first camp was the Waihi Beach camp where I got to see the Black belt grading event. This was an awesome experience. The guys getting graded were put to very tough tests which tested their physical and mental strength. I realized that you have to work really hard to be able to wear a black belt around your waist.
Apart from that we had very intense and strenuous training sessions, after which I was very satisfied to have been able to come through them.
The second camp was in Wellington, where we camped in Sensei Dave's house (a very kind gesture from him to allow us to stay in his place).
This camp had Sensei Higaonna as the Chief instructor. It was an honour to train the man who is the head of our organization, who at the age of 72 can still perform techniques with great speed and power. The camp had quite a few social outings where it was nice to meet people from other dojo's and make new friends.
The AGM of our club was held last week, and was quite special for me, as I was elected as the club president ! The one big goal I have is to organize a national camp in Auckland sometime next year.