THE KARATE SCHOOL WITH A DIFFERENCE
Abel Karate School of Champions
Sensei Paul began training at the age of seven in traditional karate and by the age of 10 he had achieved his 1st Dan black belt and then 2nd Dan black belt at 16. Paul passed his 3rd Dan Belt at age 18 and has won many karate competitions including becoming Commonwealth and British Karate Champion.
A five minute interview with Sensei Paul
Tell us about Abel Karate
At Abel Karate we teach students of all ages starting as young as 3yrs old, all the way up to adult level. We have over 200 students attending weekly classes at Vine Hall in Molesey, Colet’s Health Club in Thames Ditton and at a variety of schools and nurseries in the local area.
Why did you set up Abel Karate?
Karate was really important to me growing up and has taught me many things including self-discipline and self-confidence. After competing at a high level for many years, I wanted to share what I had learnt and give back to the community. Our instructors really enjoy coaching students, helping them achieve progress in line with their own ambition, pace and capability.
What makes Abel Karate different?
We are community based, inclusive, we care about students and we run classes for all abilities. We are also proud to be the founders and host of The Be Inspired Project, encouraging students with disabilities into sport through our term-time classes and school workshops.
What have been the highlights of your career so far?
Representing my country has to be one of the biggest highlights. It sounds cheesy but I also still get a real buzz every time a student receives a new belt. I still remember how I used to feel and the goosebumps I would get.
I also had the honour of being an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 2012 Olympic Games. I was also selected through the Coca-Cola ‘Future Flames’ campaign, advertising the Olympic Games, due to my work encouraging children and adults with special needs to take part in the sport.
There are many highlights that make me very proud and I am as passionate now about the sport and my club as I ever have been. I am looking forward to continuing to grow the club and help even more students enjoy the benefits it brings.
Benefits of Karate
- Improved self discipline and respect
- Encourages non violent conflict resolution skills
- Increased confidence and self esteem
- Improved listening skills and focus
- Develops social and team player skills
- Encourage exercise in a fun environment
- Learn to set and achieve goals
- Encourage focus and awareness
- Improved flexibility
- Increased stamina through endurance training
- Improved strength and reactions
- Confidence in self defence
- Set and achieve goals
- Build new social network