Karen started her training in 2002. a couple of her children were already in the class when she asked 'Can I just stand at the back of the childrens class and follow along?'
Well from there she progressed and joined the adult class with the goal of obtaining her green belt. However, she kept training and was awarded her Shodan in 2005 and Nidan in 2007.
Karen took some time away from the dojo but returned and studied Kobudo - 'What a challenge that was!' she said.
Whilst studying Kobudo she returned to Karate in 2013 and now helps teach the childrens Karate classes as well as assisting in the adult Karate classes. Karen now holds the ranks of Shodan in Matayoshi Kobudo and Sandan in Karate