What does a black belt mean to me? It means the world to me. It all started when I was almost 4 years old and my mom took me to a free demonstration class. It wasn’t Amerikick but I liked it so much I asked my mother to sign me up right away.
I spent the next year and a half at the Little Gym. I loved it so much I worked my way up to an Orange Belt. I thought I was on my way, but my Sensei Tim decided to move away and it was too far for me to go. Then we looked around town and found Amerikick Marlton, NJ.
My new Sensei was Chris Molaris. He was very nice but told me I would have to start over as a white belt. I was very disappointed and I even thought about quitting. My mother told me that I was not a quitter and she said if I didn’t like it after a month I could stop going.
I was nervous because I didn’t know anyone, but after 2 classes I loved it very much but I never thought I was going to become a black belt or to have come this far. The experience has been amazing and I don’t want it to stop it.
Karate is a place to overcome your fear with bullies. That happened to me. Some kids would push me around, but now since I’ve been taking karate the kids won’t mess with me anymore.
Karate is the place where I can get all of my problems out or if I had a bad day it really helps me forget all of it. A black belt means the world to me because I know to come this far is amazing.
What I am planning to achieve on my journey to the next degree. I am planning to get to senior black belt and teach the classes for the little kids and be a role model to all of the little girls. I want to enter higher divisions in tournaments and travel to different states, maybe even countries.
A reason why I come to karate every day is because of my sensei Anthony Difilippo. He is my favorite sensei of all time. He has made karate so much fun and has taught me everything I need to know about karate and the techniques. He has gotten me so far and I couldn’t thank him enough. I want to make him proud by achieving my black belt. I also want to become a master at my Bo staff and perfect my creative kata. I have won a lot of times in the creative kata division but I want to take it up a notch and fix minor errors.
I really hope that when I pass my black belt test I can share it with my class and everyone will admire and respect me and some people might even look up to me for what I have accomplished.
This will make me want to even work harder to achieve more goals. Karate has changed my life and I hope to go higher in karate and pass my black belt testing.
I never gave up, and I never surrendered.
Very truly yours,