When I was 20 the unthinkable happened. I was in a terrible motorbike accident. It left me stranded in hospital for weeks with a fractured neck and broken thumb. My boyfriend of the time broke up with me and I lost my job. All I had left was a passion for Japanese culture including, anime. I spent all of my time with these strong characters who could perform amazing feats and solve their problems through the actions of their bodies, I was inspired. I got out of my casts and back into the gym, and on my 21st birthday I got a tattoo which would remind me to be strong, do what I love and fight for what I believe in. It was from that day that I decided to teach myself martial arts and, in spirit, be like the anime characters that made me want to feel… heroic. And thus, ‘The Samurider’ was born. I follow a plant-based diet and am working on a series of tutorial based videos to help others find their inner samurai.