When she was a child, Karen's father was black belt in Judo and he taught the family some judo 'moves'.
Karen started training in karate at 12 yrs old, and was taught by Jack Sims (Chidokan) for 2 years.
Started training again 21 years later in 1999.
In 2002, she joined Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo and began training under Shihan Dennis May at the Henderson Honbu Dojo.
In 2003 she went to Okinawa, Japan to train with the Masters.
Currently instructing at Murrays Bay Intermediate.
Karen graded to San Dan in October, 2008 by Hanshi Kikugawa. She was recently graded to 4th Dan under Hanshi Kiichi Nakamoto.