Liam Brown

“My name is Liam and I have been doing Karate for 6 years. I started when I was 6 years old, and throughout those years I’ve taken a brilliant understanding of what Karate is all about.

It’s been a long time since I started and I can remember the first time I got my gi on. I was thoroughly excited and raring to go. It hasn’t always been easy in Karate as you learn something new everyday. Sensei Merv and other sensei’s have taught me all I know about Karate. You learn a huge amount of self discipline, especially when training with adults. Also to have respect for other people as well. My favourite belt to have received before my black belt was probably my green belt. It was a turning point in my karate because that was when I started to learn more advanced karate. But my favourite belt of all, to receive is my black belt.

When you’re grading don’t look around at what anybody else is doing because it may put you off. Just concentrate on what you’re doing and do you’re best.


Liam receiving his Black belt

The day before I went to take my black belt examination I was extremely nervous but I didn’t let the nerves get the best of me. I remember that Sensei Merv telephoned my dad and said ”tell Liam to stop worrying“ When you’re in that hall just do you’re best. Don’t give up and have spirit because my spirit got me through most of my gradings and especially my black belt examination.

When I was training for my black belt I went to three sessions a week for almost 3 months and it shows that all that training paid off. The Saturday lesson is my favourite and is for all grades. It somehow feels more relaxed than the other session's of the week but dont be fooled as everyone tries their hardest and we get a lot of work done. One thing I don’t like about the Saturday morning session is that you have to wake up early and it takes me ages to wake up.

Now that I’m a black belt the karate starts all over again because there is so many new moves and kata’s to learn. Two great kata to learn when you are a black belt is Kanku Sho and Unsu. They have all new jumps and moves in it. When I saw other black belts doing these kata I was amazed and thought that if I ever became a black belt I could never do them. But now the kata that I thought that I could never do, I can now do.

Liam practicing advanced jumps and landing, under the supervision of Sensei Faye

I would like to thank all the people that I have been training with and all the sensei’s that have taught me throughout my life. Although karate is a serious sport there is mostly always time for some fun as well.

Karate Day time lessons

Daytime Karate lessons are now being held on Thursday mornings at the Castle St, Portchester,  Day Centre. For further information please ring 07713284430 or email

These classes are for a range of people with varying abilities and in particular for the older and fairly active person that would like to benefit from the health aspects of practicing Karate and at the same time exercising their minds in the learning of new skills.

Existing students of Karate are also catered for in the lessons. In particular those on shift work and others that cannot get to their regular training lessons.

Further information

For the Portchester Karate Club and clubs in other areas or different training times, please email or telephone 07713284430.

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