As a young adult with Down syndrome I am very proud to have the opportunity to test for a black belt. It gives me great pleasure to practice for the black belt testing. When I first began Karate classes training, I was very scared of all the pressure and physical demands. I would often leave training very upset and tell my parents I didn’t want to go back.
I soon learned that the Amerikick Team was very supportive and helpful. All the Sensei’s were proud of me and I began to work very hard gaining confidence in my abilities rather than my disability. Sensei Nick is always extremely supportive, and Sensei Nicole would always tell me what a great job I was doing. All the Senseis are really helpful and teach me a lot about how to protect myself, remembering all the different Katas, and self defense techniques I learned in karate class.
I really like going to karate classes now and I always do my best to show the younger students that if you work hard you can achieve anything. I like to think I am a good role model for them. My teammates at Amerikick are really great and we help each other a lot. We work out very hard to stay in shape. I am most proud of my straddle, which is always the best in my whole class.
I practice and stretch every day to keep my body very flexible. I am going to work very very hard to study all my techniques so that I am sure I can pass my black belt testing. If I do get my black belt, I will continue to train at Amerikick karate Delran with all the other Sensei’s to keep on improving my knowledge and technique so that I can get my next degree of black belt.
Getting a black belt is not the end for me, just the beginning of what I think will be a lifelong training of this wonderful discipline called Karate. As I work towards my next degree I will do my very best to learn all the techniques Amerikick teaches so that I can continue to improve my physical shape and ability to protect myself. I look forward to training under the Senseis. Every one of them encourages me to do my best. They are the best teachers in the world. They always take care of the students and keep us prepared for anything that may challenge us in life.
I hope I can pass my Black Belt test so that I can become a Sensei just like The Amerikick Senseis. I would try very hard to teach the younger students all the same life lessons, skills, and attitudes that the Amerikick Senseis have taught me over the years. I would also continue to train as hard as I can to achieve my goal of reaching higher degrees of Black Belt and achieving the highest level I am capable of earning.