Sempai Jessey Guevara is a first generation Australian. He is the son of parents who fled El Salvador in the nineties to get far away from the civil war as possible and start a new life in Australia. They did not find it easy at first and had to learn a whole new language with his mother enrolling to study English language studies. The journey of Karate began with his mother who joined a karate school in Tasmania. It has now turned into a family tradition with the now blackbelt Jessey and his three sisters learning the ways of traditional Karate.
Sempai Jessey started his Bugeido Shotokan Karate journey a little later in his childhood to increase his confidence and fitness at thirteen years old. When asked to share his top three karate achievements, he said, "Karate has helped me increase my confidence around people. It has also given me the mental strength to push myself in classes and now in all things in life." "From my journey as a white belt to black belt, I have learned that you will see improvements over time by consistently training and pushing yourself. Once I became a black belt, I realised how much I still need to learn, and I am constantly challenging myself with new things even when I teach others or if I am advancing my training in the dojo."
Sempai Jessey is now on the way to achieving his goal of running his karate classes when he took over Kingston Bugeido Shotokan Karate which now offers karate classes for small children up to adults.
What advice do you have for those thinking about trying Karate at the Kingston Karate Classes?
"From my journey as a white belt to black belt, I have learned that you will see improvements over time by consistently training and pushing yourself." 'When you start your journey, don't be discouraged if you fail or believe there are others better than you. Everyone has their talents, and you have your own. Come in with an open mind. You will be challenged when you do your Karate which is a great thing!"
Sempai Jessey holds a current First Aid Certificate and Working With Vulnerable People registration.