Sensei Mendham passed his Shodan Yudansha (1st Dan) in just 2 years and 10 months due to his total commitment to training. As well as studying Karate at the Kenshinkan, Paul attended Bob Rhodes' club in Leeds to improve on his Kumite. He also trained regularly at the York Boxing club (North Street) between 1978-81.
Such was his enthusiasm for sport and fitness in general, Paul also entered the very first ‘Mr York’ Bodybuilding contest in 1985, coming 5th. Not bad for a beginner!