How I started my martial arts journey
I first heard about Jujitsu classes when I was 13 years old. One of my good friends Nojo had been going for a few months. Over the course of a couple of weeks he kept asking me to go along with him. I kept putting it off, not because I didn't want to start but because I had never done anything like martial arts before and felt a little nervous about the unknown and being the novice of the class. I finally plucked up the courage to go with him. The club ran on Monday and Wednesday nights. I think the constant going on about it over the weekend was what persuaded me to go along. The club was held at the Kirkley Hugh school in Lowestoft and was run by head instructor called Roy Fox. I went along on the Monday night. After my first 1.5 hour lesson I was hooked and loved every minute of it. Over the next 4 months I went to every class both on Monday and Wednesday. I got my first Jujitsu Gi (suit) within 3 weeks of starting. At the end of my first 4 months of going I received my first 2 gradings both white belt and then yellow. After my first lesson I felt like a new person. My confidence felt lifted and I realized that I didn't need to feel nervous at all. The class made me feel very welcome. After my first 4 months and first 2 gradings at the club my confidence was at the highest it had ever been. The feeling was already like I belonged and was part of the martial arts family already. Being part of the club was a different life outside of my normal day to day life. Apart from my friend that got me into martial arts the rest of my friends were doing their own things. Starting martial arts was the best decision I made and was so glad that I plucked up the courage to go along. My confidence was growing each lesson along with new friendships. This is where my love and passion for Japanese Jujitsu and martial arts began. This was the start of my martial arts journey.