I started learning karate when I was 30 years old. After trying 3 clubs, I found one that I liked; it was at the YMCA in St Helens, under the tutorage of Nicki Edwards. After a couple of weeks, my eldest son David
(7 yrs old) said that he wanted to do it too. About 7 months later, my husband Stewart and my youngest son Karl joined us.
I trained there until I got my top brown belt (1st kyu), then moved on to Jeff Taberns club, also in St Helens.
The family moved house to Morecambe and my job took me to Central Lancaster High School. Here, I started my 1st Shotokan Karate Club.
My instructor Jeff graded me to 1st Dan Black belt and soon after, opened my 2nd club at St Martins Church Hall, Westgate, Morecambe. This led me on to a 3rd club in Heysham.
Between full time work as a teacher and running 3 clubs, it was a bit too much, so the school club had to go.
For 19 years, I was totally committed to my students and their families (who have supported us) and the running of the karate club. I have achieved 4th Dan during this time, which I am proud of.
There have been many competitions that I have taken my clubs to and my students came back with quite a few trophies over the years. I have 9 medals myself, but I never quite got to the top, silver was my best, but I tried and I tried.
One of the legacies that I have left is for the 17+ black belts that I have graded over the 19 years. I know that I have instilled great karate into these outstanding people. I am extremely proud of these students and their achievements and always will be.
During this time, I have had exceptional regular help from my husband Stewart, my son Dave Atherton, my devoted stalwart instructor Robert Constable, Graham Dodgson and various others on occasion. I would like to officially thank these instructors for their help and dedication over the years.
As my spine is deteriorating, I have decided that I am going to retire officially on March 1st 2016. I will still be training, so they can't get rid of me yet. The legacy of the club was always meant for my son Dave and I am glad to say that he is taking it over with the help from Graham, Rob and myself, of course. I am very confident of Daves' ability as a wonderful and committed instructor.
Karate is a wonderful sport and I have loved every minute of my training and will continue for as long as I can.
If you are thinking of taking up karate with us, I can 100% recommend it. There is no upper age limit at all, give it a go!
I am a 4th Dan black belt in Shotokan karate and I started Karate when I was only 6 years old.
I started Karate with my mum (the founder of the club), who was already doing karate for a number of years and from the first session I loved it and became a born natural. From the day I started high school I was bullied right up until year 9, but knowing what I knew with karate gave me the confidence to stick up for myself and that was a priceless asset.
I have been a black belt now for the best part 18 years with various titles and medals under my belt. I have won national championships, competed for the England squad in the British championships. I have also taken part in various international championships and best finishing 8th out of 32 competitors in kata. I have travelled abroad to Germany for the youth games where I won 3 gold medals in Kata and fighting.
I pride myself in being able to develop any individual who wants to take up the sport and learn how to defend them self in any situation. I know what it has done for me and want to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm onto others.
At the age of 40 years old my 5 year old son decided he wanted to join karate. So to encourage him and have a bit of father/son time I decided to join too.
Within a month we were both hooked on karate. The question was how far could we go?
Within 4 years I had achieved black belt & 3 years later I became a 2nd Dan black belt. My son also achieved his black belt.
So years after I started I am still doing karate & still learning. I am a qualified instructor and take great satisfaction these days in instructing the students to make sure they achieve their grading. I have yet to meet a child who I cannot teach & who cannot learn karate.
Karate gives you fitness, teaches you new skills to defend yourself, builds up confidence, but more importantly is fun.
I have had an interest in martial arts all my life but growing up in a small town meant i never got the opportunity to join a club as there was nothing nearby. Eventually I started my own family and moved to Morecambe where I took up kickboxing and Wado Ryu karate in 2005.
Six months later, my son (then 7 years old) wanted to start karate at a different club with his friend and I thought it would be a great opportunity for us to do something together so I went along with him to the first lesson. This was when I first discovered Satori-Do Shotokan karate club. I couldn't believe the difference in quality, discipline and friendliness between Satori-Do and the one I was originally with so without hesitation I left kickboxing.
I'm proud to say that I'm still here teaching, training and also co-owner of the club with Sensei Dave.