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What's the play? with Anthony 'Play' Douglas

LINK UP: Mr. Play and Joe Long

IS IT me or is there a school holiday every week? I honestly don't remember having so many half term holidays when I was at school. Being out and about last week it was soooooo nice to see so many brothers out with their kids.


Mr. Play's daughter

My daughter set up an assault course on the park where we had to throw a frisbee, skip, run, do jumping jacks, she would've had us doing a full on Ninja Warrior course if we had enough equipment, it was the most exercise I've done so far this year lol, but she loves it. She's a Kickboxer you see, a right little fighter and very competitive... I swear as she got more into it she thought she was in training for the Olympic Games.

Speaking of the Olympic Games, as someone who used to do Karate it's nice to finally see it in the Olympics. An event called "10k Karate Clash" is coming up this weekend (Sunday 16th April at the TROXY) where I'll be going to watch the 10K Karate Clash who will be the England Olympic competitor.

I caught up with the organiser of the "10k Karate Clash" Joe Long and this is what he had to say.

WHO IS JOE LONG?
That’s a great question, sometimes I ask myself the same thing! Joe Long is a former International Karate competitor who had to retire early due to injury, I crossed over to promoting sports & entertainment events 20 years ago.

WHAT MADE YOU START 10K?
14 years ago I wanted to give Karate athletes the opportunity to be financially rewarded for their talent, there was also a need for a showcase Karate event that the general public could understand and want to see live.

WHAT WORD’S OF WISDOM WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Don’t be side tracked or worry what people say, do you and stay true to yourself and your goals as long as they are clean and true.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I mostly enjoy the relationships that the industry has given me. I am very lucky to have friends I have gained through promoting that I consider more like family.

WHATS THE LONG TERM PLAN FOR 10K?
Next year we are planning a European Preliminary Event and hopefully by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, that Karate is now part of, you will see the event travel over seas.

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