My name is Sadiq Rahman, I've been studying martial arts for most of my life.
I would like to thank my club instructor Abrar Hussain and all the other teachers who have all played a huge role in my martial arts life, especially Dickie Wu and Terry Steward. The first time I met them I was about 13 years old, they impressed me so much with their speed and power that it left a lasting impression. It is their way of training that would ultimately form the heart and core of my own training.
I began my martial arts journey in 1983, studying Shukokai Karate with Shihan Abrar Hussain (now 6th dan), Bradford.
In 1985, the club made a transition from Shukokai Karate to Renshinkai Karate after joining the International Karate Union which was headed
by Dickie Wu (7th dan) and Terry Steward (7th dan).
1986, I gained my black belt (1st dan) in Renshinkai under Dickie Wu and Terry Steward.
I started assisting my club instructor at the age of 16, leading the class alongside Shihan Abrar Hussain (6th dan). This experience led me to provide cover for private one to one lessons for my instructor. (The teaching experience allowed me to really excel in my martial arts training.)
Whilst still training in Renshinkai Karate, in 1987 I joined the Shaw and Oldham Kyokushinkai Karate Club, I trained with Shihan Alex
Kerrigan (6th dan) and Sensei David Reece (2nd dan). After 5 years of training with them I left the Kyokushinkai Organisation in 1992.
In 1988, I gained my 2nd dan black belt in Renshinkai, under Dickie Wu and Terry Steward.
1991, I studied some Aikido at the Richard Dunn Sport Centre on a casual basis, because I was already heavily training in Renshinkai & Kyokushinkai at that time.
1992, I gained my 3rd dan black belt in Renshinkai, under Dickie Wu and Terry Steward.
1996, I was awarded 4th dan black belt in Renshinkai by Dickie Wu and Terry Steward.
During 1995 - 1998, I was working with Bradford City in promoting an anti-drugs message into the youth community. To deliver this message we used martial arts coupled with music and drama in an entertaining way that left the show lingering in their minds of the audience.
Preparing these events was quite a challenge in terms of planning and organising, these shows were about an hour long. I was leading group of 50 people from various backgrounds and age groups, ranging from very young to mature adults. My challenge was to train them, as well as arranging the choreography and directing.
The Shows proved to be a huge success, and equally earning me praise and recognition within the community. Through this work I met HRH Prince Charles at the Princess Trust event in Leeds, and also giving me the privilege to perform a martial arts show for Her Majesty The Queen at the opening ceremony of the new football stand at Bradford City Football Club. Which was completely destroyed by the tragic fire of 1985.
In 1999, I left the organisation (I.K.U) and my karate club. This was the beginning of my self-learning journey.
In 2000, I trained in Jiu Jitsu with Professor Tom Fletcher (6th dan) and David Jowett (3rd dan) at their Miyabi Ryu Jiu Jitsu School in Horsforth, Leeds.
From 2001 to 2003, I was learning the art of boxing at the Park's Gym in Bradford with Chris Aston, Julian Cyprien, Peter and Scott. I learnt a lot from these guys and use their skills to this day. (During this period I met & trained along with Buster Reeves, a very talented guy now leading Hollywood stuntman appearing in films like Batman Dark Knight, Mission Impossible 3 and many more.)
From 2004 onwards, I've been combining, stripping and refining everything that I have learnt over the years and I still continue to extend my knowledge by keeping an open mind to other methods and concepts. It doesn't matter what style or which master I study, if something is of benefit and can improve me I'll use or adapt it. That's the way I've always been.
Every day I look forward to learning something new, actively seeking, not just about martial arts, it could be like how arm wrestler's train for grip strength or how fencers train for speed.
I just simply have a passion for learning and I hope to keep on learning as long as I live.