Master Zoe Rossborough V
Chief Examiner and Instructor
My martial arts journey began 18 years ago after chatting with a work colleague, a black belt, who persuaded me to try a class,
I was intrigued so along I went to the local Church hall one Monday evening.
At the tender age of 24 I thought I was ‘past it’, “too old, too unfit to start learning something new” once I entered the room I realised that most of the Students were adults of all ages and abilities, immediately my mind was put at rest, I wasn’t too old.
After that first class I became hooked.
I have trained in the Traditional art of Tang Soo Do , and in later years Kong Sudo, with Johnsons Karate since late 1998.
In the early years, as a coloured belt, I was in awe of our senior black belts, they were amazing, totally inspirational and set a standard that I have always tried and continued to aspire too for both myself and my students, I achieved my 1st Degree Black Belt in just under 3 years, and went on to earn my Master Grade.
I currently hold a 5th Degree Black Belt qualification, which I passed in March 2013.
Years later, I am still as passionate about my training as that very first day I stepped into the Dojang and I am always searching to learn something new.
In the Summer of 2012 I started training in ITF Tae-kwondo to expand my martial arts knowledge and to improve and expand my sparring, kicking techniques and ability.
Little did I know back then that one day Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo would affiliate and create CKMA…
So why did I start training?
For the same reasons as most other people would give, to get fit, learn something new…
I was a young child when my cousin was attacked and horrifically stabbed at a bus stop on his way back from school many years ago. The attacker… Another child from an “opposing school” Thankfully he survived… but this happened back then, the world is by far a worse place now!
Anyway, It was this incident that was my initial reason for wanting to learn to defend myself.
I wanted to also improve my fitness without tedious gym sessions, to improve my health, especially my strength and coordination having suffered a serious stroke 3 years earlier, and of course to gain self-confidence, which I still strive for to this day.
During this time I was working in a city pub, which frequently had its trials and tribulations, so all of this made perfect sense.
I realised that martial arts was something I really wanted to seriously get Involved with, I loved the mystery that surrounded it and went from training once per week to ten times per week on a regular basis for years.
I was fortunate to have had one to one tuition with my Instructors from the very beginning, and during those times I absorbed every little detail, which has set me up for the way I train and teach today.
My teaching experience began at Purple belt when I used to assist my Instructor by regularly taking beginners to the back of the class for basics.
My favourite aspects of Tang Soo Do are the forms, self defence techniques, pad work and the weapons (staff and knife).
Our Art has always been ‘non contact’ which is great for beginners and children as it is a family establishment. However, it is essential to make contact with an object, ie; a pad, to determine how much power is required when executing a technique.
Once techniques are proficient, distance, timing and accuracy skills have been acquired; we do encourage light semi-contact in sparring so that Students can train in a more realistic fashion. (Of course sparring safety equipment is then used!)
As a defensive art, without some element of contact, how would
You know how you would react if ever you were threatened, whether verbally or physically?
Most people would freeze… through Martial Arts training you learn to move beyond this and react accordingly.
Throughout my training I have experienced the benefits of practice, patience and perseverance and have learnt that with the confidence and self-belief absolutely anything is possible once you set your mind to it.
I became a professional Instructor in 2008 and I currently teach a number of classes a week in Coventry and Warwickshire with children and adults alike.
I have built up a strong student base and I am looking to open up more classes in the future with senior students of mine opening their own classes.
“As in life, studying a Martial Art is a learning curve full of peaks and troughs and is made up of 70 per cent perspiration and 30 per cent inspiration….
The key to success is to never, ever give up!!”
Master Lina Rodriguez IV