Sholanda Barker, 2nd Dan – Colchester Shotokan Karate, England
Sholanda Barker, 2nd Dan, started training when she was 6 years old. Like many people, she started to train in karate because she was being bullied.
"My confidence had dropped to the point that I didn't want to attend school."
Her step-dad, Sensei David Shepherd introduced her to karate and she saw her confidence was boosted overtime.
Sholanda's last grading was 15th of September 2017. She was promoted to Nidan by IKD President, Sensei David Clarke CVO.
She has competed in a Club competition taking part in group (team) Kata and group (team) Embu. She earned a third place for each. She also competed in individual kata and was awarded first place.
When not training, Sholanda enjoys dance which she has been taking part in since she was 2 years old. She also enjoys swimming and horseback riding.
"I'm currently a college student but also work as a lifeguard which includes me being a fully qualified first aider and defibrillator user."
Sholanda is hoping to compete at a highler level, perhaps the IKD World Cup in Barbados.
"The people I would like to thank for my journey in karate would be my stepdad sensei David Shepherd who originally introduced and got me interested in karate. My mum for paying for my lessons in supporting me throughout everything I do and of course my instructors for teaching and developing everything I know today."