1st Degree Black Belt in Shotokan
My name is Pritesh Patel; I am a 1st Degree Black Belt in Shotokan.
Originally from Leicester I started doing Karate at the age of 11 and have enjoyed the sport immensely. Over the years it has built up physical fitness and taught me self – discipline.
I have been doing Shotokan Karate for 8 years.
Having achieved my Black Belt I have been wanting to take up another martial art – but nothing caught my eye.
I moved from Leicester to go to University in Oxford; this meant that I could not train anymore in Shotokan, but, it gave me the opportunity to find another martial arts school – possibly!
I heard about ‘SOMA – The School of Martial Arts’ and how it was based on very realistic situations.
So went along and watched a session – the techniques were very different and realistic, to what I had done and other Martial Art schools I had visited!
The School of Martial Arts seemed an excellent starting point as it incorporates many different styles of martial arts taught by other high grade Black Belts, who in turn are taught by the Sifu, (Teacher) within the same session.
In the time I have been with SOMA I have enjoyed it thoroughly; it already has made me aware of extremely realistic attacks and defenses in real life situations that I had not seen before.
Note to Reader: This is a true transcription of the text by the above ‘Student’. The original can be viewed at anytime in the Tao Book of SOMA – Sifu Edward Digét PhD.