Hello everyone, my name is Noomi (not really, but call me that anyway) and I was looking around for a martial arts forum to join, and came across this one. I have been training in karate for three and a half years now and have recently graded to my red belt. I am very proud of how far I have come, as I had zero confidence when I started, and now I may actually be able to defend myself if need be. I do train with GKR, and I imagine that many here have heard stories about my club, well, I don't want to hear them here. I love my Sensei's dearly, they have taught me so much, and I have come out of my shell and learned to stand up for myself because of them. I respect that other clubs may do things a little differently, but I love my club because of all the amazing people I have met, and the fact that my Sensei's listen to me, and offer assistance whenever I require it. I currently train five days a week - this is only because there are five classes per week, but with the coming addition of a Monday night class, I will be training six times a week. Lets just say I am hooked. I have managed to lose 18 kilos through training hard, and couldn't imagine going back to that overweight, unfit girl I used to be three years ago. So hello to all, and I hope we can be mates.