I first started training Wing Chun in 2009 at the age of 21 having had no previous experience in martial arts whatsoever so I had no idea what to expect. I was hooked straight away with the easy to learn moves, the passion which the instructors taught with, the fantastic atmosphere of the club and the friendly attitude of the people I trained with. I was able to progress quickly through the grades
and earned my Black Belt in 2011. Since then I have continued to progress through the system, eventually earning my 1st TG grade in 2013.
Training Wing Chun has given me the biggest boost in self-esteem, self-confidence and overall fitness levels that I could ever ask for and has transformed all areas of life for the better. These benefits made it possible for me to stand in front of the class and take everyone through the warm up drills at the start of the class when an urgent matter delayed the instructor at the time, which served to kickstart my journey as an assistant instructor shortly before I earned my Black Belt. That first experience of teaching helped to fuel my interest in passing on the knowledge that I'd learnt so far to the students that came after me to help them along the way towards their own Black Belt in the same way that the students above me helped me in my own journey.
I was an assistant instructor from 2011 through to halfway through 2012 when I decided to take a break from instructorship in order to travel abroad to places I'd never been before like Malaysia and Nepal.
That first year and a half spent as an assistant instructor provided an invaluable experience to draw upon as an instructor because the variety of challenges I had to do helped me to build up my character and also gave me invaluable skills such as being able to speak to complete strangers, deal with issues between students with diplomacy and develop the will and perseverance to keep pushing forward no matter how hard the situation is and no matter how tempting it may be to quit.
I am back on board as an instructor as of January 2015 and am relearning the different aspects of being an instructor again in order to help push the organisation forward whilst making sure that every student who joins gets to enjoy their own journey through Wing Chun.