There 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!