After being picked on in school as a kid, Lynton's mum enrolled him into his first karate club to toughen him up! He learned discipline, and self-control and quickly developed a love of Shotokan karate.
The timid shy asthmatic boy who started learning Shotokan as a kid, loved the thrill of sparring and the physicality of kihons.
From the age of 7, he trained with fantastic instructors and enjoyed tournament success as a junior and into his teens. He now feels privileged to teach alongside some of the finest karateka in Wales & the UK.
Every moment in every class requires physical, mental and emotional self-control. Karate works on many levels, and I love the deeper aspects of training that compel our body, mind and spirit into balance. I've always felt it has helped me improve and grow.
The preparation, heading to the dojo, the bow before entering and a familiar excitement and anticipation before the warm-up. The rituals of training are fractal. Patterns, routines, repetition and reflection always suited Lynton's mindset.
For Sensei Lynton, the dojo is a home unlike any other. Where a shared love for the martial arts binds the karate family together. Throughout his life, he regarded the experiences, the friendships and the banter within the dojo and on the tatami as priceless.
It's a sanctuary where Sensei Lynton can challenge himself physically and mentally and where he enjoys the support and camaraderie of his fellow martial artists.
Our dojo sees people of all ages from all walks of life. Every class ends with the feeling of a physical and mental buzz.
Having the maturity to understand the vast benefits of karate, he's driven to get more people to take it up.
The suggestion to take up Shotokan karate all those years ago came from Lynton's late uncle, Tony Black. He recommended a popular Shotokan dojo run by Sensei Keith Bullen and Sensei Ian Vickery in Cardiff.
Having represented Wales in the Kyokushin style, Tony was a keen and accomplished karateka. Lynton credits his uncle with guiding him towards the path of karate-do and feels it's a fitting tribute to be able to mention him here.
Karate has become a home away from home, and he's grateful for the countless lessons and experiences it has given him.
As his skills for combat have developed, over time, those skills became secondary to developing confidence, self-mastery and self-belief.
Sensei Lynton describes the process as fun, funny and as enjoyable as it is enriching - it is why he will always support karate-do.
Sensei Lynton enjoys the physical and mental challenges of karate-do, honing technique, stamina and control.