Sempai Darran Findlater
My karate journey came from watching my daughter in the Saturday morning classes. I used to take work along to the sessions but could never get any done because I was always hearing or seeing something exciting or fun going on. I started to feel a little envious of this enjoyment and so thought I would give it a go. It wasn’t long before I was enjoying the challenge of learning something new and before I knew it I was practicing at home and asking my daughter for advice. This new dynamic between my daughter and myself was brilliant for both of us, rather than being the usual parent taxi, I was sharing an activity with her and she in turn was getting to tell me what to do!
As my karate journey continued I realised that there were so many other gains. Physically, my balance was returning to what it used to be and my flexibility was better than ever. The biggest gain for me however was and still is the improvement to my mental wellbeing. The time that I spend training or coaching gives me no capacity to think about work. It provides a complete respite from everyday challenges and I can honestly say that Karate has enabled me, on many occasions, to get through to the end of the week.
I am incredibly proud of taking the first steps in my karate journey and feel really lucky to have stumbled upon Katrina and David as instructors and guides. Being asked to coach for them has been the most satisfying achievement to date. I see the thought, detail and quality of their work and to be trusted to be a part of their club as a volunteer is an absolute honour. In the short term I am aiming for a black belt but as many wiser karate people have said ‘a black belt is not the end of the journey but the start’. I have no idea where the journey will take me but I know that I will have had fun on the way.
Sempai Darran started training with Sensei Katrina and David soon after the club was established in 2015 hardly missing a single day of training ever since!
Darran's love for karate and the club soon grew and he has become an integral part of WadoKai Worcester earning him a coaching award.
Sempai Darran also enjoys a bit of competition and has not only entered, but won the England Wado-Kai National Championships, the Staffordshire International, the Worcester Karate Championships and the EWSKA Championships as well as helping coach the younger members of the squad.
NSPCC Child protection in sport and physical activity qualified Data Protection Officer for Wadokai Worcester
Darran now coaches every Wednesday and Saturday as well as being an Assistant Kata coach for the Worcester Karate Squad.