I started taking karate lessons when I was just 4 years old. I went to a birthday party and thought how much fun karate would be. Now that I have just turned 12, and have been taking karate lessons for 8 years, I look forward to becoming a black belt.
In the past 8 years I have learned all my katas from little dragon to corio. Sometimes I would get discouraged when it seemed so long to get that next belt but when I did finally get the next color belt I became motivated again and more excited since it was getting me closer to that black belt that I wanted. Over the years I have become a stronger person and have gained confidence in everything I do. Karate is a great experience to accomplish your goals and to be more confident and believe in yourself. Since karate is not a team sport, it is with my own determination to work hard to achieve my goal.
All of the Sensei’s have been very encouraging over the years. I work with Sensei Kevin in most of my classes now, so he has been the most encouraging to me. Watching Sensei Kevin perform gives me a goal that I want to accomplish. He is an amazing instructor and really makes me feel that he wants to help me be a better student. I want to be able to do karate like him.
Sensei Kevin and all of my Sensei’s teach us to respect everyone. I have met good friends at karate and like going to class not only to learn but to have fun. I really like practicing with weapons and I have a great time when we play different games. I really enjoy sparring on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Sparring has given me the capability to work on moves that could help me protect myself if I ever need to and it teaches strength and endurance.
Getting my black belt is going to be challenging but I know I can do it. Karate pushes me to work harder and try to be the best that I can be. I have learned that I can’t always give up if I don’t like something. It is the same for school when I have to work harder to get better grades. I will be proud that I finished what I started and I am also excited to perform for my family at the extravaganza.
I also want to thank Sensei Sharon and Sensei Dennis for encouraging me and teaching and correcting me in karate throughout the years. They want me to do the best I can. I hope I can become a Sensei so I can help younger kids who are just starting out at AmeriKick.
As the AmeriKick saying goes “As AmeriKick students I will work hard, aim high and finish what I start.”