Student Profile: Jermaine Downs

Written by Sempai Rob James

Jermaine at the April 2015 KIMAA seminar.
Jermaine at the April 2015 KIMAA seminar.

(Update: Jermaine is now a 1st Kyu in Kyokushin Karate and assistant instructor for Sempai Rob James at North Brisbane Dojo.)

Jermaine Downs began his Kyokushin journey in early 2012. When I opened the Aspley Dojo in September 2012, Jermaine was first through the doors.

Jermaine performing a self-defence technique.
Jermaine performing a self-defence technique.

Jermaine progressed in time to the rank of 3rd Kyu and has been a solid member of Aspley Dojo since the beginning. He is patient, easy to get along with and is a very well liked and respected karateka by other members of the dojo.

His strength is definitely his kumite. Jermaine regularly leaves his training partners with heavy bruising – not from striking, but simply by blocking their attacks. A very hard body indeed.

Jermaine is a great support. I’m lucky enough to call him both a friend as well as a student and I wish him all the best in his endeavours.

Jermaine performing kumite.
Jermaine doing kumite.