Female karate instructor inspires award-winning movie

  • Video report by ITV News Meridian's Andy Dickenson

A short film about a karate school based in Sussex has won awards. Julia Turley from Burgess Hill has spent four decades training children and adults in martial arts.

The documentary, called The Passing of the Moment, follows them to recent world championships in Japan. 

Julia said: "I hope they'll take away the message that anyone can practice karate. You don't have to be a wonderful athlete and you can achieve anything. The other thing I'd like to say is that karate is not aggressive, it is in fact a peaceful art."

Julia has dedicated her life to this unique traditional form of karate, a commitment now celebrated in digital celluloid, produced by one of her former students.

Tom Abbosh, one of Julia's former karate students, is the Producer of the documentary.

He said: "It's not like just another karate club, she really is a life coach and a guardian. The inspiration she gives is not just physical, not just mental but emotional."

Ella Schuck, a karate student said it's "really great" to see a strong woman doing so well.

She said: "To see such a strong woman do so well and running an entire school at a point where she was the only person doing it, it was really great to see growing up.

"The Japan experience itself was so surreal. Seeing it on the big screen, it felt like I was back there, watching the lead up to the tournament. My heart started racing and I was sweating. It's so completely well done and captures everything that happened while we were there."