Instructors from Henley’s Can Do Martial Arts were invited to teach at the inaugural SportsFest last weekend, alongside former international legends Martin Johnson, Will Greenwood, Andrew Strauss and Tim Henman.
The event, held over two days at Wolmsley Park in Stokenchurch with over 2000 attendees, is the brainchild of former British Lions Will Greenwood and Austin Healy and aims to give families the chance to experience coaching from those who have participated in sports at the very highest level, pick up a few hard won tips, and for those brave enough, to chance their arm against the best.
CDMA’s Chief Instructor, Sensei Ben Richardson, a former member of the England Karate team, was contacted by Greenwood and leapt at the chance. Sensei Richardson said ‘The core skills in martial arts lend themselves perfectly to a wide range of other sports, and many top professionals incorporate it in their training. We’ve already had requests from rugby coaches to develop programmes for their players. It isn’t just about fighting.’
Sensei Richardson teaches karate at Gillotts Leisure Centre on Thursdays and Saturdays, for children and adults of all abilities. Contact Can Do Martial Arts for details on 01235 364 370 or via www.candomartialarts.co.uk