Inspiration of the Week: Ticky Donovan O.B.E

Inspiration of the Week: Ticky Donovan O.B.E

This Week Blitz Sport Interviewed Ticky Donovan O.B.E, 9th Dan Ishinryu Karate

Ticky Donovan is known as one of the most successful coaches in the world and owns the company, Ishinryu Karate.

We hope you enjoy reading the interview as much as we enjoyed meeting Ticky!

Can you tell us a bit about your background area you live and growing up?

I grew up in Eastham/Newham.

Why did you take up the martial art you practice?

A friend was doing judo and I did boxing.  He asked me if I wanted a go at karate, I said o.k. but it didn’t interest me, until I saw a demo which Suzuki and a few others did, I loved it and was hooked!

Who was your biggest influence when growing up and why?

Dominque Valera – he was a huge name in martial arts around the time I started karate.

What are your personal aims and goals for the future?

Keeping alive and to train hard and look after myself.

As an instructor do you still train?  If so, how do you cope with teaching/training and the balance of life in general?

I still go to the gym and mostly bike. I still teach on various courses and have a summer training camp that’s very popular each year.

As an instructor, is there anything in particular you like teaching?

As you get older it changes.  At present I enjoy teaching basics more, probably because the Ishinryu kata squad is doing so well with Jonathan Mottram at present.  However, I think if I got back into teaching freestyle more frequently it may change again.

Blitz Sport are the official stockists of the Ticky Donovan DVD collection for karate training, add this into your karate equipment and you will be please that you did!


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