Bev enjoying the benefits of karate

October 03 2016

MUM-of-three Bev Jones wanted to get fit but instead of turning to the usual Zumba or Pilates classes, she decided to try something a little bit different - karate.

Bev Karate

MUM-of-three Bev Jones wanted to get fit but instead of turning to the usual Zumba or Pilates classes, she decided to try something a little bit different - karate.

Bev, from Downend, is typical of the growing number of people who have discovered the hidden benefits of the martial art.

She attends classes with her friends Laura Francis and Gemma Pope and all three say since starting karate they haven't looked back.

Bev said: “We talked about different options including netball, running and going to the gym but we wanted something different and the idea of karate came up. My middle daughter goes to karate and loves it. I hadn't previously thought about martial arts being for me, but we decided to be open-minded and go for a trial session. Best decision ever! The people were welcoming, the teaching inspiring and I immediately knew I would relish the challenge of learning a new skill.

“I love being a mum and I enjoy my job, but karate gives me something different - it adds another dimension to my life - I couldn't imagine being without it now!”

Bev belongs to the Zenshin Dojo Karate Club, which has venues in Staple Hill, Warmley, Keynsham and Bath.

Her teacher Rob Jones said: "The perception of karate as an aggressive Asian fighting system has historically attracted mainly young men but times are changing. Karate is all about the individual rising to challenges and enjoying positive experiences.

"As a consequence anyone can potentially enjoy the physical challenges, intellectual stimulation and personal development which come from regular practice of this often misunderstood martial art. 

"It's great to see people like Bev giving karate a try and ending up really enjoying it as an alternative to tradition exercise."