black belt journeyBlack belt for me is not just a black belt. It is a journey. There is knowledge, experience, determination, and more behind that belt. I started karate because I had no hobbies to do. I quit soccer, the dream sport of my family, and I had nothing but school and the TV in my room. I had to find something that would become more of a hobby for me.

At only nine years old, some things were limited. I was very picky decisions and I was the type who absolutely hated to do new things. However, I finally found something that could please my needs: karate. Amerikick Karate was not only physically healthy on me, but also mentally healthy on me unlike other sports and hobbies. Plus, I loved the culture of karate and its background too.

So when I started attending Amerikick Karate, I knew that this was not only the hobby, but the lifestyle, that I needed. From that point that I started 5 and half years ago, my entire life has changed. I went through good times, with nine belts and a stronger mind and body, and bad times, with a serious knee injury.

However, all of those good times and bad times are all considered memories. So where do add up all of those memories? I am going to make my black belt represent all of those memories. Which shows that black belt to me is a journey, filled with determination, self-confidence, learning, injury, revival, and accomplishments.

Black belt represents those memories, and those memories will be wrapped around my waist. Towards my next degree, I am planning to achieve more knowledge because I feel that I could still learn a lot more on my quest for success in karate. Black belt is not just an ending but it is also a beginning, and with new beginnings learning is needed to always become better.

I would also like to achieve more confidence, in which just like learning, confidence will always make you better and people always will achieve more confidence as they grow. Confidence also can help me achieve more mentally and physically, because without confidence, how could you achieve anything? Finally, of course I would like to achieve success and when I mean success I mean success in any forms.

Whether it is mastering a jump kick, or being able to do a full split, success is vital to me. With success, not only do you also achieve confidence too, but you also achieve knowledge, you achieve determination for more success, you achieve gratitude, and you also achieve growth, and with growth, you always do better for more success. So success is what I mainly want to achieve because when you achieve success, you achieve so much more with it. Success is the reason that I will be able to achieve my black belt. Success is the reason why I am at this point in karate.

Success is what I am planning to achieve for me. Antonio Carollo

black-beltThere are many things I have learned since I passed the test and earned my Amerikick  black belt. One of the first things I learned was that you never truly stop  learning. Getting my junior black belt was just the beginning.

I learned many  more techniques, as well as refining the ones I have already learned. It has  taken enormous amounts of inner strength and dedication to get to where I am  now. When I reflect, it shocks and amazes me all at the same time. I have  learned more Katas and I have grown more knowledgeable. But these are just some  of the physical aspects of karate that I have learned since I gained my black  belt. There are many more life lessons and principles that I have learned. I can  apply them in my life as well as in karate.

One  of the most important lessons I have learned is control. It has taught me to  control myself when I’m angry. Bad things happen, and people can be mean. That  is just a fact of life. The lessons I learned in karate help me control myself  if some people bully me so I don’t freak out and say or do something I will  regret. Karate has taught me I don’t need to hurt someone to win. It has helped  me become a smarter and better fighter, and also a better person in  general.

Another  important lesson I learned is dedication. In a sense, I already had it. I  wouldn’t have made it this far. I knew many people who quit after getting their  junior, or who stopped at red. Getting my junior black belt just showed me how  much farther I could go, and how hard it would be. I learned that it was really  just the beginning. And if I wanted to continue I would have to be dedicated  since there was still so much to learn. In school,this skill has kept me on  track for projects and for homework as well. If I didn’t have the dedication to  my work, I wouldn’t be a distinguished honor roll student at all. For these  reasons, this may be one of the most important lessons I have  learned.

Another  thing that I have learned is how to prioritize my time and what I do. Karate has  taught me that if I want to succeed at something, I have to make it a priority.  I could have gone to a birthday party, but instead I went to karate. This lesson  has also been important in school. It has taught me to organize my time and put  my work first.

I  have learned many skills and lessons since I got my black belt. Not only have  these skills helped me in karate, but also in my school and everyday life. I can  only apply these lessons I have learned and acquire new ones. I will continue to  work and learn and be the best that I can be.

Josh Gold  will begin his test for his next belt this Saturday at Amerikick in Warminster  PA 215-343-2378!   

Good luck Josh!