Wendy Jowett - 2nd Dan

Questions and Answers

How long have you been training?

March 2004 – so a little more than 6 years

How long have you had your blackbelt?

2 and a half years

When did you get your black belt?

I passed my Black Belt in December 2007 and my 2nd Dan in December 2009

Who was your first instructor?

Billy Brennan

Why did you start training?

It was a case of “if you can’t beat them, join them” as my husband, son and daughter were doing it!

Who inspires you?

I thought I was too old for karate, but after speaking to Mick Youngs (3rd Dan), who also came into karate late in life, I was inspired to “have a go”. Since starting karate my inspiration has come from my instructor Billy Brennan , who has achieved many great things in his karate career and endeavours to pass his wealth of knowledge and experience on to his students.

What drives you to keep training?

I cannot imagine life without karate.

What other sports do you do/have you done?

Until karate I had never done any sports and was definitely NOT a sports person. Nowadays though, I go running as well.

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

Steve Jowett, Adam Jowett, Amy Jowett, Ben Cornish, Andy Cornish.

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

Do it! You will get far more out of it than you could ever imagine.

What age did you start karate?

Let’s just say I was a very mature student

What are your future goals & hopes?

I hope for good health – so I can continue to train (and to stay alive!) 

As I reach a goal, there is always another in waiting. For this year I am still to get my running distance up to 5 miles (I am currently at 4 and a half)! Outside of karate I hope to visit Australia one day, go into Sydney Opera House and hold a koala bear.

How often do you train?

I attend 2 karate classes a week and more often than not am trying to perfect some move or the other at home in between. This is intensified if I am training for a grading. I also go running on Sundays.

What challenges have you overcome?

Many! Coming into karate later in life brings lots of challenges – but it’s brilliant when you overcome them!

From the early days I remember practising my ki at home because I was embarrassed to do it in class (although you would not believe that now) and struggling to do the turn in basics and going over it over and over to get it right.

When approaching my Black Belt, running was a real problem. When I first started to do it I couldn’t run a mile without stopping to walk at least 3 times and I absolutely hated it. It was a classic case of your mind giving up before your body and it took a lot for me to overcome it. Nowadays I run because I want to rather than because I have to – which is very different and makes me feel good.

My most recent challenge in terms of karate was when I graded for my 2nd Dan.

What is your favourite kick?

Front kick. I also like side kicks.

What is your favourite kata?

It has to be Koryo. I remember watching the Black Belts doing it and wondering if I would ever get to that point. I also have a soft spot for Sam Jang as I had to do it as the extra kata for my Black Belt.

What is your favourite fighting move or technique?

Snap punch.

What is your top tip for others?

Don’t spend what you can’t afford (in other words, don’t put it on the plastic unless you already have the cash to pay it off).

Listen to your instinct.

Believe in yourself.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Preparation is the key. Prepare in good time & prepare well. (This can apply to karate, an exam, a driving test or anything else you want to do well in).