We teach emotional confidence – it’s not all about scrapping

MARTIAL ART Martyn Everitt from Gosport runs Shotokan Karate classes at Gosport Leisure Centre, off Forest Way
MARTIAL ART Martyn Everitt from Gosport runs Shotokan Karate classes at Gosport Leisure Centre, off Forest Way

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WE took a couple of years off after we hit our peak winning karate awards in the world championships in Las Vegas.

Now we want to be able to get back and do international competitions and if they do end up putting karate in the Olympics for 2020, we’ll have loads coming through if we get back to the world championships.

Hopefully they’ll be part of the first Olympic squad.

At the classes I even get my blind mum to join in some times – that’s always good fun.

It may sound silly but sometimes to help people you have to put them in that position.

Everyone has a way they can relate to something, where they’ve been in a scenario where they’d like to know how to act.

The one thing I always try and teach to everyone more than anything is emotional confidence.

It’s not about standing there scrapping and getting into it.

It’s about having the ability to stand there and say ‘no’.

That way you can calmly deal with it instead of being panicked.

And our classes are open for five-year-olds upwards.

We even got the Mayor of Gosport to join in at a recent open day.

We just want to create awareness in the local area that we’re here.

It’s about trying to authenticate too, you’ve got a lot of associations and they’re not actually registered to anyone.

There are certain things that people don’t know what to look for. A lot of people go and waste a lot of money and it’s quite unfair.

We’re connected with the Amateur Martial Association – all their instructors, have criminal record bureau checks.