SC gets new karate sensei
taken a lot of work and Jackson hasn’t ruled out trying to get further.
‘‘I’ve been very lucky I haven’t really had any problems with my body and that’s really helped as I’ve been able to get right into it.’’
Culling, who runs Aoraki Timaru Kyokushin Karate, said it was an honour to officially become a sensei.
‘‘I was really pleased. I didn’t tell many people as I didn’t want them to kick up a fuss about it. But it was about five and a half months of training and then once I passed I let them know.
‘‘If too many knew then I may have lost focus and not passed.’’
Karate has been a big part of Culling’s life as well, first taking up 22 years ago. He was doing Goju Ryu in Australia, before moving over here and taking up Kyokushin.
Neil Culling and Pauline Jackson are both now a qualified sensei in karate.