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Martial Arts

Masters of Martial Arts – Ticky Donovan

Why did you start martial arts?
I was boxing at the time and my friend was doing Judo and he talked me into it. He kept showing me pictures of Mr Suzuki doing techniques in Judo Magazine. We went along and trained one night which I didn’t really enjoy but then the Japanese did a demo and I saw what it was really like and I was hooked.


What do you think is the greatest benefit they offer?

It depends. For myself I’ve met loads of friends, travelled all over the world, and it’s kept me fit. Nothing bad I can say about it really.


What is your greatest achievement?

I suppose it was coaching the British team to win the world championships five times in succession. I was successful as a competitor until I smashed my knee which stopped me competing and then all the focus went on that.


What’s the worst injury you’ve suffered?

I ripped the Cruciate ligament and it stopped my competition career earlier than I would have done which I why I went into coaching so much.

Can martial arts be a guiding light for society?

Yes definitely. The discipline and etiquette are part of it.


What’s your favourite technique?

It was always kicking and sweeping, a bit of everything really. The thing I did like about Karate was that in fighting I didn’t just have to stick to one technique.


What’s your favourite pattern?
The one I like to watch is Unsu. Nijushiho and Seipai are the ones I like to do. Unsu is for younger people because of the jump. One is Shotokan one is Shitoryu.


What’s the funniest moment you can think of?

I can’t even think. Nothing really stands out. In do have loads of good memories.


Where would you like to see martial arts in 25 years?

I’d definitely like to see karate in the Olympics. I’d like to see it anywhere to tell the truth. That would make me about 85.


How would you like to be remembered?

For inventing good competition techniques and delivering them.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


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