Following her attendance at one of Soke's ten week self defence classes in 1987 Alison decided to take up karate. She trained regularly at various locations in the North West progressing through the grading system. After receiving her 1st Dan she gained levels one and two coaching awards and referee's certificate.
Alison became an instructor and when Soke relocated to the North East she took charge of the main Bury Dojo together with teaching self defence in schools and for local authority groups.
Her ability and dedication was rewarded with the presentation of her 4th Dan in 2012.