Kerry Schulz started her training while studying at university, as many people do.
She describes the early days in class: “I started training late in 1993 during my second year of college. I loved the physical exercise, the martial arts side of it and the whole club. It was great to be learning something new and discovering Chinese culture and Dennis has always been a massive inspiration to me.”
Kerry is proud of her Kung Fu and her admiration of Dennis (Chief Instructor, Dennis Ngo) continues to come through: “One of my most memorable experiences is doing my grading for my fifth pattern when Dennis said it was good. From him that means so much.”
Being a mum of three young children, Kerry’s training has had to take a different direction: “At times it has been challenging to keep up the discipline having had the disruption of three babies! I have had to rely more on training on my own, and at times it can be really tough!”
She continues: “Having taken breaks, not being able to attend class for quite a few months at a time and saying goodbye to coming to class has been quite difficult as I really enjoy training with others.”
Despite these difficult times for her training, Kerry has continued to push herself ahead, even successfully taking her second Dan grading whilst pregnant with Maya! During these tricky months of training Kerry has identified the positives for her Kung Fu: “Having a baby gives you a whole new perspective on life. It expands your horizons, which teaches you a lot in itself. I have had to learn by watching rather than doing, which gives you another angle.”
Kerry’s enthusiasm is evident after 19 years of training: “I think it’s not just the physical discipline of Kung Fu, getting your body to do what you want it to do, but also having to set your mind to something. Being able to do what you want to do teaches you that you can achieve anything you set your mind to if your mind and will are strong enough.”
Kerry wants the same kind of atmosphere for her students as she has had in her own training. “I want students to be able to come somewhere where they feel part of a club, because that was very important for me coming to London, just meeting people. And for those who want to train harder and be more involved with the actual martial arts I want to be able to help provide them with somewhere that they can bring their commitment.”