Shindo Karate's Casey Bradford was recently featured in the Herald Sun website. The entire article and can be found below.
Bradford is the first woman at her club to be made sensei
ALTONA Meadows karate champion Casey Bradford has become the first woman at her club, Shindo Karate, to achieve sensei status.
Bradford, 22, last month gained her third Dan a promotion in the martial arts ranking system after 18 years involved in the sport.
She trains under Phil Noble in Hoppers Crossing and started karate almost 18 years ago. Bradford trains three times a week and also spends time teaching.
"It just shows that if you put in a lot of hard work, you can achieve anything. I just feel really proud to do it, not only for myself, but for my instructor as well, who has known me from four and a half and has helped me through it all," Bradford said.
"Obviously I've put my heart and soul into training for all these years. I do teach at the moment from little kids right through to seniors."
Eighteen years ago, Bradford confidently told her parents she would represent her state.
At just eight-years-old, she achieved that feat and has since claimed several club and state champion prizes and is a three-time Australian champion.
"You never stop learning. Even if you are a third Dan or a teacher, there are so many more things you can learn," she said. "That's the great thing about karate."
Bradford, who counts earning her junior black belt 11 years ago as her highlight, said discipline, flexibility and self-control are the keys to success.
"Getting your black belt doesn't compare to anything else," she said. "About one in 100 students get their black belt."
Bradford wants to become a police officer "in the next few years".
Casey Bradford is a Hobsons Bay Leader Senior Sports Star nominee. To nominate a Sports Star, email email@example.com