Yondan (4th Dan) / Lead Welfare Officer
Sensei Sarah has trained in Karate for over 30 years. Her journey began as a ‘reverse Billy Elliot’. As a child she took ballet dancing lessons in the same building as the karate classes and would often skip her dancing lessons to hide on the stage and watch the karate. Eventually she stopped the dancing and started training under the instruction of Sensei Kevin Nason in the early 90s.
Sensei Sarah achieved her first Black belt in 2000 at the age of 21. Although not a fan of grading she has since progressed to Nidan (2nd Dan) in 2002, Sandan (3rd Dan) in 2010 and most recently Yondan (4th Dan) in 2020.
In her professional capacity Sensei Sarah is a fulltime Youth Worker for Essex County Council Youth Service and a Level 3 designated safeguarding officer working with young people across Essex every day. She has been teaching Karate to children and adults since 2002.
Karate training for me has been the consistent stable in my life. It has helped me to deal with life’s ups and downs. Karate has enabled me to travel the world having trained in various places throughout the UK and Europe as well as South Africa and Australia. The people I have trained with become more than just friends they form part of my karate family.