Lockdown inspires Shropshire martial arts instructor to publish book


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Max Beddow, 6th Dan Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate, released Karate – A Deeper Look at Lockdown.

The co-founder and chief instructor of Broseley-based Shropshire Goju Ryu Karate Academy began writing the book while being forced into self-isolation due to a coronavirus capture.

After the isolation was over, Max continued to write and set up regular training sessions on Zoom and online to ensure that students could improve and stay motivated.

In 2019, Max traveled to Okinawa, Japan to train and improve with Master Morio Higaonna, 10th Dan and head of the Okinawa Goju Ryu International Karate Federation.

Max said he felt privileged and lucky to have been able to travel before coronavirus restrictions stopped international travel.

He said: “First, the isolation and then the lockdown made me take a deeper look at some important aspects of karate, such as balance of mind and body, breathing techniques and general attitude towards learning and improvement. “

Now the restrictions have been relaxed and groups can meet in person again, the karate academy has resumed training in Broseley on Thursdays and Sundays.

For more information visit broseleygojuryu.com or search for Shropshire Goju Ryu Karate Academy on Facebook.


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