Testimonials- a beginner’s perspective

Nick Polley Shotokan Karate

T.Raven – Orange belt.
At 50+, I was overweight, unfit and not sure what I could do to fix the last two. The gym didn't appeal, tried Yoga & Pilates, but not for me either. My husband, a 2nd Dan black belt suggested I try Karate. I was a bit daunted by this, but he has trained for over 35 years and seemed to get something from it, so I went along to the Dojo for a trail lesson. I was hooked. Unlike anything else I have tried, this is a continual learning, improving and trying new things training that stretches you both physically and mentally. It has helped me gain self confidence and realise that you are never too old to try something new.
The club is very friendly and training is undertaken in a serious spirit of Karate, but there is also a fun side to it. As the most junior member of the club, I am supported and helped by the Sensei and all of the members, mostly black belts, to achieve my best. I have never been made to feel incapable when I struggle to learn something new, as club members always remind me that they too have stood where I am standing and that training is a personal journey, to be undertaken at your individual pace.
After 6months I took my first grading and attained an Orange belt and the grade of 9th Kyu. I was so delighted, the sense of achievement was wonderful and I am now training hard to take my next grading.


P. Bickmore – Green belt.
I’ve been a club member now for 2 ½ years and when I first started all of the other members were black belts. It became evident very quickly that this was to my advantage as instead of them being intimidating they turned out to be a friendly and approachable group who constructively advised on ways to improve my techniques. I think Sensei Nick has got a great balance between respect, discipline and enjoying Karate at the Worthing Shotokan Karate Club and therefore I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it to new starters or anyone thinking of returning to Karate.

Testimonials- from senior students

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A.Taylor– 4th Dan Black Belt.
Nick is an excellent karate instructor. His classes are always interesting and physically and mentally challenging, which at my stage of training after 20 years is the inspiration i need to take my karate foward. The classes are held in a relaxed and fun enviroment but have a great Budo spirit about them.


S.Stocker– 3rd Dan Black Belt.
Having practised karate regularly for 16 years with a much admired instructor, joining a new club due to that instructor's retirement was always going to be a little unsettling, however, Sensei Nick is a great instructor. From the early beginnings of the Worthing Karate Club when Sensei Nick took on the mantle of instructor, he has evolved into quite a formidable tour de force, even teaching an instructor of a higher grade. The lessons are always enjoyable and Sensei Nick will always take questions from students and is patient with students development. Sensei Nick has certainly developed my karate and has lifted my technique as evidenced in my kicks. Sensei Nick has brought a new focus to my karate in sharpness of technique and delivery. Students benefit from Sensei Nick's experience in other styles of karate which he brings to the dojo, however, the focus is Shotokan. Sensei Nick continues his professional karate development by attending instructor classes and what he learns there, he then disseminates to his students. Training at Worthing Karate Club is something I look forward to every week. You miss the training with Sensei Nick when you cannot attend the class due to work or personal commitments.


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Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more please come along and train. The 1st lesson is free.

Address: St Johns Hall, Ripley Road,

Telephone:01903 535855
E-mail: n.polley@ntlworld.com