SC gets new karate sen­sei

The Timaru Herald - - SPORT - BRAY­DEN LIND­SAY

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.

PHOTO: MYTCHALL BRANS­GROVE/STUFF

Neil Culling and Pauline Jack­son are both now a qual­i­fied sen­sei in karate.

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