This week the Motivated Martial Artists Jackson White and Gavin Cook talk to World Master 7th Dan and instructor at Hereford Tae Kwon Do club David Sheppard.
David has been training since 1982, teaching for 35 years and has been running his own club since 1997. David started Tae Kwon Do at the age of 12 for the same reason as many others, he was getting bullied at school, his parents saw a small advert in the local paper and took him to a demonstration. David then started training in the very next class. The first year of training he, was like most kids, went along twice a week and saw his skills slowly develop over time
After the first year things changed drastically, other clubs opened and David was able to train 9 Taekwondo sessions a week. At first when David entered competitions he struggled, he didn’t win any fights for almost three years but still worked really hard because he enjoyed what he was doing
David says it took him a lot of hard work and dedication before he even won a fight. But the first competition he won was at the english championships as a red tag that day he won seven fights beating everyone in his category and won the competition fighting Dave Oliver's son (Russel) and Richard Stevens.
This win spurred David on when he was at the brink of quitting TaeKwonDo and made him work even harder working with different instructors and spending lots of time and effort improving his martial art skills and knowledge.
David has represented both Great Britain and Wales on numerous occasions, being captain of both, has has gained 9 world titles (European individual and team titles) as well as 20 plus national titles plus many more in all aspects, sparring, patterns and destruction. David was voted International fighter of the year on two occasions as well as being voted Sports personality of the year for Newport.
David has been teaching at Hereford TaeKwonDo club for over 18 years and has had the pleasure to meet and teach many extraordinary people David said "Each and every one of them has brought something to the club, whether it is a personal experience or skills from past training, some have been challenging, some have been easy but I have found enjoyment and satisfaction from watching them improve and overcome their own personal challenges and achieve the goals set either through Tae kwon Do or by themselves".
David believes it is very important to keep an open mind and he always actively looks to learn and gain more knowledge and experience to pass on to his students.
David believes the main reason for his success is hard work, dedication, determination and most of all, enjoying every single second of the things he loves. Tune in this week to hear some inspirational stories from a very wise and motivational martial arts master.