This week the Motivated Martial Artists Jackson White and Gavin Cook talk to 6th dan Taekwondo practitioner Nina Bud.
Nina started Taekwondo in the 80s at 7 years old at a local Judo club she did this for 2 or 3 years before the club was shut down. Nina then picked up martial arts again at 16 years old after her and her friends were mugged in Bristol town. The traumatic event inspired Nina to join a martial arts club to learn how to protect herself and her friends. After training in martial arts for a while Nina realised it was becoming more than just a way to protect herself, she found a passion for martial arts and soon it would become a massive part of her life.
Nina's fighting career started in her colour belts, enduring many injuries but still turning up to class. One moment like this she recalls is when she sprained her ankle sparing but still turned up to class on crutches and sat at the back taking in as much as she could making sure she didn't miss anything. This dedication has stayed with her throughout her martial arts careen and her life. Nina has always enjoyed sparring enjoying the kicking and the technical aspects of fighting. Nina doesn't care about winning or losing she cares about doing herself justice and making her self proud.
Nina has been an instructor for many years starting her first club when she moved to Essex being supported by the South West TAGB. She started teaching Taekwondo part time alongside her night shift job at Tescos. She promoted her club in schools and Flyer dropping to build up a small school, soon after Nina took on a friends old club and her classes continued to grow allowing her to quit her job and pursue her passion for teaching martial arts full time.
Nina believes in developing children through martial arts and the Skillz program teaching them life and social skills they will keep with them forever building confidence as well as allowing children to protect themselves.
Tune in this week to hear more stories from a very inspiring lady!