Sensei David Wilson of The Martial Arts Centre and Matt Giles of MDG (uk) Limited, Sponsor Aimee
Update 30th November 2014 - Continued Sponsorship
Following another excellent session teaching in Braintree for Sensei David Wilson at The Martial Arts Centre Braintree I was pleased to receive confirmation of continued support from Sensei David Wilson and Matt Giles.
Since my first visit I have seen some really impressive
improvements from all students at
Martial Arts Centre, and it's always a pleasure to teach such an
enthusiastic group of people.
Thank you to Matt Giles of MDG (uk) LTD and to Sensei David Wilson and for their help with their continued sponsorship for the following year ahead.
As a self funded athlete it's always difficult, and their generosity helps a great deal. I look forward to my next visit!
2013 a Pivotal Year . . .
2013 has been a pivotal year for me in more ways than one. I got to
establish myself in the England Senior Kata squad competing in the Team Kata
event at the Senior European Karate Championships following our exploits at
the Senior Worlds. I have also been re-selected with my two teammates to
continue the Senior Kata Team in the next Senior European Championships.
On top of that I competed in the Junior European Championships in both individual and team Kata events finishing with two silver medals and then securing a World bronze medal in November to round off a remarkable competitive year.
Realising the Dream . . .
But 2013 was also the year that defined my ambition to dedicate myself to Karate full-time. I turned 18 years old in the summer, just when I was finishing my final year at college to complete my ‘A’ Levels. I knew what I wanted to do and where my ambitions lay. I had no career path laid out in front of me, just a desire to continue with Karate, continue as an athlete, and make Karate my career. I want to be the best I can be, whether that’s competing, training, or coaching Karate, and for me that takes 100% effort and focus.
The year started well for me on the coaching side, already an assistant instructor at my club, Barking Abbey Ishinryu, I had the pleasure of teaching a few students privately. I then assisted my coach, Jonathan Mottram, with this leading to a few more students and more courses as the year rolled on. So far a good start to my chosen career. The invaluable experience of working alongside Jonathan Mottram has helped me develop my own unique teaching and coaching skills. My private students have been doing fantastically at competitions and I’ve had so much fun coaching home and away.
Teaching at TMAC . . .
Sensei David Wilson, Aimee and Matt Giles
Sensei Wilson with gift from Aimee
During the summer I was introduced to Sensei David Wilson of The Martial Arts Centre (TMAC). Sensei Wilson is a 3rd Dan Chief Karate instructor and Kickboxing instructor of TMAC which is based in Braintree, Essex, where he has establish the centre. Sensei Wilson asked if I was available to visit his Dojo and conduct a training session for his students following the summer break. The session was arranged for September which soon arrived and I had a really enjoyable time coaching his students, encouraging them, and helping them improve their Karate techniques. Sensei Wilson is himself a full-time instructor and can appreciate how hard it can be to start off from scratch and he was kind enough to arrange regular sessions at TMAC for me to coach. Although training hard for the Junior World Karate Championships, I was happy to take time out to complete my second coaching session at TMAC and got to know many of the students more personally. They are a great bunch of students from the young beginner’s right through to the more senior and mature students. Everyone was positive and receptive and even wished me well for the Worlds.
New Sponsors . . .
At the end of the session, Sensei Wilson proposed to help me with some sponsorship to help through the 2014 season. Not only that, Matt Giles, a senior TMAC Karate student, offered to match Sensei Wilson’s sponsorship offer. Matt is a local businessman and director of MDG (UK) Ltd which is also based near the Dojo in Braintree. This was an amazing, kind and generous offer which I wasn’t expecting and for which I am very grateful.
A Busy Year Ahead . . .
I now have some strong foundations to help me push forward even more and bring English Karate Kata to new heights internationally. Of course, if there are any would-be potential sponsors out there, please drop me a line, I’d be only too happy to discuss further sponsorship opportunities.
2014 is going to be a busy year for me as I am now able to compete at
more Karate 1 Premier League events and other national and international
tournaments. I now also have more time available for Karate for training,
teaching and coaching. 2014 will be my first year of full-time Karate, and
after 2013, I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Once again, many thanks to both Sensei Wilson and Matt Giles for their help and support.
Here is a link to both TMAC and MDG (UK) Ltd websites: