Book: Positive Budo
Born in Reading, Karen grew up in a small village in Berkshire. Extensively bullied whilst attending school, Karen became very shy. Always having had an interest in Martial Arts, Karen did not have an opportunity to study them until attending art college in Kent and then University in Staffordshire. Moving around a bit, it was only when she realised that she needed something 'to keep fit' that she became a serious student. Starting off in the Go Kan Ryu style of karate, Karen trained hard, entered competitions including the GKR World Cup (twice), became a Sempai and started writing articles for the club magazine.
Wanting to further explore the martial arts world, Karen has trained in Pressure Point Fighting, Krav Maga, Keisi, Aikido and Hapkido.
Karen now lives in Derbyshire and trains in Karate, Kickboxing and Aikido.
She is a trained Holistic Therapist, Potter and Author.