Erika Di Paola
5 years ago, Erika was living on the beautiful Italian island of Sicily, preparing for what she anticipated was a 3-month whirlwind adventure, travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles. It wasn’t long before, up on her list of destinations was our very own London Town. It was that day that Erika fell in love with our beautiful city. In fact, she loved it so much she decided that she wouldn’t bother to leave. 5 years on and she still hasn’t.
Having found herself living a new city with nothing to do, Sensei Erika turned her attention towards studying and has recently completed a qualification in Management with intentions of starting a Business and Human Resource Management degree next on her horizons. To help her gain some practical work experience to support her education, she looked for a fast-growing, successful company to give her the chance to put her learning into practice. Obviously, Xen-do was her next logical step, even if we do say so ourselves.
Erika has had this to say about her experience so far:
"From the moment I had my free trial class, I became addicted to kickboxing and Xen-do. The way the classes are taught makes me feel fit, but more importantly, I believe, it makes me feel empowered and gives me confidence in my work and everyday life. I really feel like to be a part of the team."Erika Di Paola
Away from the dojo and her studies, Erika enjoys bike riding, going to the theatre to watch musicals. The Italian in her also means that she can’t resist heading out for a pizza and a cheeky Spritz when she gets the chance!