“What exactly is this KSW that everyone seems to be talking about?” That’s the question my daughter and I asked ourselves back in February 1996… and I haven’t looked back since! I fondly recall Sheryl (then aged 10) running happily onto the training mats for her very first class, together with the many other children and parents, leaving me on the sidelines to watch with interest. “KSW looks such fun and is something that we could take part in together”, I told myself. And that’s how it happened: the very next time Sheryl ran happily onto the mats, so too did I!
We gradually worked our way up the ranks and were both promoted to 1st-degree Black Belt (JKN) in June 2000. While I continued to progress in my KSW career — becoming 2nd degree (KSN) in 2005, 3rd degree (PSBN) in 2009 and, most recently, 4th degree (SBN) in 2015 — family commitments unfortunately meant that Sheryl could no longer train. It was a matter of only a few years, though, before her daughter, Shayla, decided to follow in her footsteps: Shayla’s promotion to JKN in June 2016 made us the first grandmother–granddaughter Black-Belt training partnership at KSW (Boston), a fact of which I’m very proud.
It is true that I’ve found aspects of KSW challenging at times, but that’s what makes it all the more rewarding. With hard work and perseverance, however, I’ve discovered that almost anything is possible. New and current KSW students alike, just remember: if I can do it, so can you! Have a go — you’ve nothing to lose and so much to gain.