Nutritionist & Life Coach
Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published April 12th 2012
Martial Arts can have a very positive effect on your life at whatever stage it happens to be. For me walking through the door at Shogun Martial Arts Centre as a skinny 23 year old prone to trip over his own feet I didn't appreciate just how much of an impact it would have.
I was welcomed by head instructor and sixth dan Karate master Sensei Kong Wing Loh (you may remember Sensei Loh from ACA as the 'Commando Supernanny') who as a former world champion and erstwhile trainer to the Sultan of Brunei could be excused for a little arrogance.
However with his sense of humour and personable nature Sensei Loh is one of the driving forces behind what makes Shogun such a fantastic environment to train in. Not only do the instructors possess expert knowledge of karate and its bio-mechanics, but they also possess an ability to deliver the message in a constructive and supportive manner. Most important of all, there is always time to have a laugh at Shogun, quite the opposite to this guy:
The karate programs offered by Shogun start at primary school age all the way through to the adult class that I frequented. Many of the Centre's students have attended since they were five year-olds. Sensei Loh tailors the classes as appropriate to the age levels and gives his students skills to cope with situations relevant to their age group: 'Stranger Danger' for the younger kids, deflecting bullying for the teenage classes and self-defence techniques that can be used at any level.
Shogun students in action, photo courtesy of Shogun website
For those who don't fancy donning the traditional karate uniform but are interested in the dynamic exercise that combat sports can offer, Shogun also holds Tae Bo and aerobically based non-contact kickboxing classes.
Tae-Bo class at Shogun, photo courtesy of Shogun website
After seven years at the school I can say I acquired more than just a black belt, I also gained a new belief in myself, a level of fitness I could only have dreamed of previously and a number of good friends who attended my wedding. I found the training had become more than just a way to get fit; I was also catching up with friends every time I walked through the orange, feng shui approved doors.
Apart from the above intangible changes it was on a trip to Malaysia that Shogun changed my life in another even more positive way. Sensei Loh arranges 'karate trips' for his students annually, usually to the home of karate in Okinawa, Japan. Fortuitously on this occasion the sojourn was to Karate schools in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. On the second day of the trip, while out and about in KL with my fellow karate students I met the woman who is now my wife.
I honestly can't recommend Shogun Martial Arts Centre enough. Obviously I have an emotional connection so I'm hardly impartial, however that probably gives some sort of indication as to how highly I valued my time at the school. The instructors from Sensei Loh down maintain a positive, friendly and collegiate environment that benefits all students immensely. Having seen a number of new participants aged from 5 to 50 come through the door I can tell you that it's never too late to start.