Amy Jowett - 1st Dan

Questions and Answers

How long have you been training?

Six and a half years.

How long have you had your blackbelt?

Two and a half years.

When did you get your black belt?

9th December 2007.

Who was your first instructor?

Billy Brennan

Why did you start training?

I used to watch my brother and father train every week. I really enjoyed doing so as it looked fun but was also very interesting as well. I was particularly interested in the Kata’s. My father taught me the first Kata, Il Jang, when I showed an interest in my brother and father training at home together. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was surprised by my capabilities which gave me the final push to get involved properly instead of watching from the side lines.

Who inspires you?

My instructor Billy Brennan has such a vast range of knowledge through years and years of training experience in many different styles and areas of Karate.

What drives you to keep training?

Karate is a brilliant way of keeping fit. It is fun and good for fitness. Training works all areas of the body without you even realising (until you struggle to get out of bed the next

What other sports do you do/have you done?

Karate is the only sport I do at present. However, during school I enjoyed playing netball and played for the school team.

Who do you know that is still training from when you started?

Many people have come and gone as they say, ‘once Karate is in the blood it’s there to stay’. However the people who have been training throughout the time I have are the other people in my family, Stephen Jowett, Wendy Jowett and Adam Jowett and Andy Cornish and Ben Cornish.

What advice would you give to someone who wishes to start karate now?

Anything is achievable if you put your mind to it.

What age did you start karate?

14

What are your future goals & hopes?

In the future I hope to finish my degree and complete a PGCE to enable me to teach GCSE and A Level Drama. With regards to Karate, my imminent goal is to achieve my 2nd Dan in the summer of 2010 and then to continue to progress through the grades. I also hope to become a referee.

How often do you train?

I am currently at University but I train whenever possible.

What challenges have you overcome?

Every grading is a challenge to me. However, I found my Blackbelt grading the biggest challenge of all as, to someone working their way up through the Kyu grades, achieving your Blackbelt is the ultimate goal. That day I had to prove myself to have the techniques and mentality of a Blackbelt. Other challenges I faced included organising my time efficiently to allow me to train hard while continuing with my education through GCSE’s, A Levels and University.

What is your favourite kick?

Roundhouse kick.

What is your favourite kata?

Chil Jang. Ever since my Blackbelt grading as I executed it better than I ever had before.

What is your favourite fighting move or technique?

Reverse punch followed by a snap punch.

What is your top tip for others?

Billy always told us to push ourselves in class, to "Train hard, grade easy".

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

When demonstrating a Kata, imagine that you are fighting with someone. This really helps to contextualise the Kata’s and help you add that extra bit of oomph.

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