In her own time however, Katy is a highly skilled and award-winning competitor in an assortment of martial arts, including sparing, traditional weapons and Kata.
“I have been competing regularly for the last 4 years”, explains Katy. “I first started training back in college but I had to stop when I went to university. It was twenty years later when my son joined a club in Bristol that I rediscovered my passion for it and immediately signed up.”
Katy currently trains with the Kakougan-ryu Karate club in Carbis Bay as well as with the World Kickboxing Union’s England squad, based in Birmingham. She has just returned from her very first overseas competition with the WKU at the German Open International in Simmern, where she won 4 Golds.
“I’ve been competing on a more regular basis around the country since 2017”, Katy explains. “After being offered a place on the WKU squad earlier this year I’ve travelled regularly between Cornwall and Birmingham for Squad training and competitions. I’ve won 3 Grand slam titles so far.
This is 3 separate tournaments that your gain points for depending on the medals that you win and the highest point winner for that category becomes Grand slam champion. I have also won national titles and have just competed at the southern English championship and qualified for the European championships in Lichtenstein.”
Katy’s competitions have so far been entirely self-funded, including both travel and accommodation fees, but now she’s looking for help to make her dreams of world championship a reality. “In October I will be competing in Athens with the England Squad as part of the World Karate championships”, says Katy. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me! If there’s anyone able to offer a sponsorship or a small donation to help me along the way it would be so greatly appreciated.”
If you would like to support Katy, please visit her ‘just giving’ page for more details.