Hi my name’s Tim Halloran and I have been training in martial arts for most of my life! I started off with Judo when I was about 8 years old when my Dad took me to a class. I loved it and went for a couple of years with my brother. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I tried another style – Shotokan Karate. It took a bit of courage to go to the class as I recall. A friend of mine had been training in Shotokan for some time and this acted as a kind ‘kick’ for me to learn, no pun intended!
2 Years of Shotokan and I moved cities. I couldn’t find another club much to my dismay but I found a Taekwondo club instead. It was quite a shift and some of the techniques were so alike it was a difficult transition. Small differences made it quite difficult to stop doing my Shotokan and I kept getting told off by my instructor! I was still looking for something else, but I didn’t know what!
I later found a Wing Chun class and it was so different to anything I had done. I stuck with Wing Chun and this is what I teach now. But it didn’t stop me searching and looking to other styles and teachers for inspiration. I also trained in Ninjitsu, Iaido and Aikido while I kept up studying Wing Chun.
Teaching Martial Arts has been a wonderful privilege. Getting to help and inspire people to learn is something I enjoy regularly. Although there have been plenty of setbacks with building a school, it has taught me a lot in the process.
One of the most rewarding things is to hear stories of how my students have dealt with difficult situations and successfully defended themselves, or avoided confrontations altogether with their skill or awareness.
When I was learning as a tall skinny teenager, I remember all the time I felt so vulnerable when I was out and about. Martial arts back then meant something entirely different to me. It was a means to develop my confidence and learn how to fight, should I need to. There’s so many aspects to learning martial arts though, and it’s different for everyone.
Martial arts has taught me to understand my own aggression and control myself, something I didn’t understand as a young, angry man!
Starting my school was a difficult time. I had quite a few pressures as I recall. That was nearly 10 years ago now and I have learned a lot about running a martial arts school since then. I’m sure in the next 10 years I will learn a lot more too!