As a full time employee of CMAA Sensei Daniel is also the Program Director and Manager. He oversees all operations on the mats and is the leader of the Instructor Team.
I began training in martial arts to learn a new skill and as a social activity. I quickly realised that beginning a journey in martial arts was much more than this. When I started attending classes I was quiet, reserved, and didn’t have much self-confidence, although this quickly changed. I found that the more skills I learnt; along with being involved in a positive community environment, my confidence began to grow beyond my expectations. I was learning interesting and practical self-defence techniques, which improved my coordination, balance, and whole-body awareness, as well as learning life skills such as self-confidence, discipline, and perseverance. Starting martial arts has been one of the biggest positive influences in my everyday life, and I have been very lucky to have been able to direct this passion into my career as a professional martial arts teacher.
Knowing the difference that martial arts has made to my own life fuels my passion to teach the same skills to others and be a positive influence for them. Teaching students of all ages, from younger kids to older adults, I have seen firsthand the difference martial arts can make to a person’s everyday life and the confidence that it gives them, being able to be a part of improving their physical skills and mental strength gives me great satisfaction as a teacher. As a kid I always struggled with a lack of confidence and as such I was a target for bullying, being able to help our younger students be confident and feel comfortable standing up for themselves is one of the most satisfying parts of teaching martial arts. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to be able to pass on the benefits of martial arts to as many people as possible, not only to what I have achieved for myself, but to surpass it.
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