I have been involved in sport since I was eleven years old. Played various sports like swimming, athletics and tennis, but I mainly concentrated in football (i.e. soccer, in other countries). I had big dreams of playing in a famous team one day and being an accomplished player. However, although I trained long and hard the opportunity and luck did not come my way.
At age 17 I joined a Karate Club. I didn’t join to learn to beat people up, but after watching the training sessions, I thought that it would improve my football skills by being able to read the moves of the opposing player. It worked to a certain extent, but not as much as I thought it would.
As time went on I became very fit and strong, training everyday either for one type of sport or another, but noticed that my social life was very limited. After some thought and regret, I decided to drop football and concentrate in Karate. However, the football club was not going to let me go so easily. After playing for years becoming team captain and respected player, the club committee asked me to coach.
Well, I thought that being team captain carried responsibility, but being a coach, passing the knowledge and experiences was fine, but watching the team play matches was tough on the nerves.
During my playing career, I knew that fitness played a large role to have a good game, but I didn’t think much about nutrition until one day, when I watched a program on television about Olympic athletes and nutrition. How nutrition plays a part in performance. It was an eye opener; I found it fascinating and gave me the fuel to learn more. The coaches I had were good at fitness and game tactics, but they spoke very little about nutrition and wellbeing. I read sports magazines and books; I even did some research into Japanese food. Well, I was practicing Karate and I knew how they trained so I should also learn what Japanese ate and what gave them the ability to perform so well.
I soon started to realise that fitness and nutrition go hand in hand. One could train for many hours, but without the right nutrition the energy levels would drop quickly and performance will falter.
I am the sort of guy that walks the talk and last year, one day before my 64th birthday I passed the test for the 6th Dan black belt grade. It was not a walk in the park, in fact it was 38C degrees (over 100F degrees) and I am sure it was a few more degrees hotter inside. However, apart from being prepared to a good level of fitness, the nutritious and healthy food I normally have helped me get through the last 30 mins. to 40 mins. of the gruelling grading test.
My past experiences and knowledge of health, fitness and nutrition has given me the will to help people that don’t seem to look after their bodies and live an unhealthy life style that will eventually catch up to them and make them very ill. Therefore, giving the problem to the country’s health system where it will need to keep these people going by pumping them with medicines and manmade chemicals, adding more pressure on the country’s already stressed health system.
I believe that this knowledge and experience shouldn’t be wasted and has given me the challenge to help people that are not looking after their bodies to encourage them to change for the better and live a healthier and longer life. After all, we only have one body that if we don’t cherish will eventually fail and give us grief later in life.
If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your love ones!