Alastair's interests outside of building have mainly revolved around sport. He played rugby in his younger years, and at the age of 14 his father took him to Christchurch to learn Judo. The class was already full at the time he went so he went to the Karate hall and started training and has never stopped. Since then, he has gone to Australia and Japan both for training and fighting. He runs a club in Ashburton which has been going for 35 years, and in this time has produced over 30 black belts, with some people training with him for 25 years. The club is highly respected for its strong traditional ways in many parts of the world. The club goes to Japan and competes about every three years in a world competition, and Alastair has formed many lasting friendships across the world. John also obtained his black belt 6 years ago.
Alastair's commitment to the local community over the years has included providing a training hall for people to train in, as part of a non-profit club to fuel the passion for martial arts. Alastair has also competed in several triathlons including the Coast to Coast one day event. Having a Wife over the years who has also had a passion for a fit and healthy lifestyle has made it easy to dedicate time to sporting goals.
Alastair believes training is like work, if you are going to have a go stick at it and give it your all, do not look back and have regrets.
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