Alex interest in martial arts started in his early teens when he joined a local Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate) club. After he finished school he spent more time immersing himself in martial arts training, initially Yang Style Tai Chi and later on Shaolin Kung Fu. He pursued this training throughout his twenties and it eventually led him to train in China at the birthplace of Kung fu – Shaolin Temple.
Setting up his own Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture practice and starting a family kept Alex from training for many years. However, he wanted to introduce his children to the benefits of martial arts and started training at Bushido Hombu.
“Karate at Bushido reignited the passion for martial arts I had when I was younger. I now have the perfect opportunity to further my training as well as sharing the journey with my two boys. I couldn’t be happier.”
Alex has studied a variety of styles of Kung Fu, and Tai Chi over the years as well as Jujitsu and Won Hwa Do. He tries to bring experience and a different perspective to his karate training.
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Phil first took part in karate lessons in his youth, and as many do left it as a yellow belt to free up time for other pursuits. Phil then returned to karate by joining a Bushido family class with his teenage daughter. Since then Phil has been a loyal and dedicated member, always supporting events and putting his all into his training, working his way up to being one of our most senior members.
Phil now manages our Westminster Lodge adult dojo and assists with instructing in most sessions he attends. Given his high pressured management career within the banking sector, it is impressive that he still maintains his training and attendance.
Jim came late in life to Karate, although as a student he briefly trained in Ju-Jitsu and learned some basic self-defence locks and throwing techniques. With his wife and two children training in martial arts at Bushido, Jim is now enjoying a shared family activity with the benefits of physical health and continued mental learning. He also sees being an Assistant Instructor at Bushido as a way to help those on the same journey and hopes it will be a way to deepen his own understanding of Karate.
Whilst studying for his PhD in American abstract art, Jim travelled extensively across the United States, researching at the Smithsonian Institute and all the major art galleries and museums. Since then he has worked in the arts and charity sector and is currently the CEO of an arts venue with library in Holborn.
Outside of work and the dojo, Jim enjoys walking, reading, thinking and listening to blues, jazz, reggae and rock.
Although learning karate had always been a childhood ambition, Chris only started training in 2012 with his family, after seeing an article in the local press. Chris enjoys the all round activity that karate provides. He currently supports the club by teaching basics to the new students, as well as acting as our club photographer and providing all official photography for the association.
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