2nd Dan Junior Leader
My name is Isla Mortimer. I’m 16 years old and train at Stokenham dojo. I’ve been training for eight years now, achieving my shodan (1st Degree black belt) in 2016 when I was 13 and I then graded to Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in 2018 under 9th Dan Don Owens Sensei via a video link to Canada (a fantastic opportunity).
At the moment I’m learning new kata – working towards Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt). As well as working on the syllabus, I’ve also had the amazing opportunity to compete at Nationals and Legends Open Karate Tournaments.
My favourite aspect of Shotokan karate has to be the continued journey of understanding – there is always more to learn! I also love the sense of community and family created by the organisation which has allowed me to grow massively in confidence.