Memoirs of a Karate Fighter is Ralph Robb’s eye-opening, raw story in his own words. Ralph was born and raised in the industrial town of Wolverhampton, England and now lives in Ontario Canada with his wife, cat and dog. A proud father of four, Robb works as an engineering technician and loves rugby, martial arts and a good book. His world is balanced by quality TV, global events, the great outdoors and of course his grand-daughter.
Former karate champion Ralph Robb recounts his experiences at one of Europe’s toughest dojos and provides an insight into the philosophy and training methods of a club which produced national, European and world titleholders. In a hard-hitting story, Ralph tells of the fights on and off the mat; his experiences as one of a very few black residents in an area in which racist members of the National Front were very active; and the tragic descent into mental illness and premature death of the training partner who was also his best friend.
Memoirs of a Karate Fighter is an interesting read. It’s an autobiography but it’s not overly about the writer’s life. More about the circumstances he found him in because of where he lived, who he was etc. How the singular choices he chose to make affected his life for the better, his decision to take up Karate for one; are juxtaposed with the decisions and choice he could have made which would have led him to gangs and violence etc.
This is a man who very clearly loves karate and it shows in the memoir. But it’s also very real and doesn’t hold back the punches when it comes to letting the reader know how and why Karate changed his life.
A powerful and thought provoking read.
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