Your martial arts journey started with your first step on to the training floor.

This is the place in your journey where you can make a difference. Many people believe karate or martial arts is just about kicking and punching. You now know it is much more. You know it is a journey of potential. Please take some time to share your journey the good times and the hard times in your training and how it has led you here. How it helped you see the world around you and make better decisions. Please do not rush this part as it can make such an impact on so many you can inspire.

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My Journey

My journey starts all the way back when I was only six years old. I saw my sister doing it, and of course, I wanted to do everything that she did. It took a while until I got my junior black belt, but I got it when I was in third grade. I didn’t really want to continue because I was too lazy to keep coming, and I was tired of going in general. I took a break for about four years, until again, my sister started to do karate once more. I couldn’t even watch the show Kickin’ It because I knew that could have been me. I regretted my decision very much. When I came back to karate, I knew instantly that quitting was the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life. I was placed in the Adult class this time when I started again at the end of the 7th grade. I was very nervous to come back, but I’m very glad I did. I met a lot of wonderful people, the instructors were very kind and humorous (and still are), and I keep making more and more friends every day. I also started working there this summer, and it was a very enjoyable experience. Of course, it wasn’t easy, but I also got to know the kids and befriend them which is amazing. I love karate, and that will never change. I recently became really good friends again with my best friend that I “left” when I quit karate for that long period of time. My karate experience has been amazing, and I can’t wait to continue to work towards my second degree.

Caitlin Turner  — Action Karate Conshohoken December 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm

My Karate Story

6 Years ago I started karate, but before long my schedule got so filled up with other activities to do that, I unfortunately decided that I wanted to do things that didn’t include karate. After 1 year I regretted my choice and wanted to do karate again. The instructors were very kind and understanding and let me start at the belt that I would currently be at. I thank them for that and all the other times they have supported me throughout my action Karate career.

CJ Lafond  — Action Karate Huntington Valley November 23, 2016 at 6:14 pm

The Beginning

My journey to get my Black Belt began when I was 5 years old and we moved to Huntingdon Valley. My mom took me and my brother to meet Mr. Atkins for our very first class. After that first class I knew that I wanted to keep learning karate and one day earn my Black Belt. The classes were hard for me at first, but I kept practicing to get better. I started to earn my higher belts and was getting confident in my training. When I started the Black Belt training program, the classes got harder, but I kept trying my best. I enjoyed learning the katas and the weapons, the staff is my favorite. I have competed in tournaments and earned trophies and medals which has given me even more confidence. My brother and I started sparring, but it is still hard for me. Many times I have had a hard time learning a kata, but the instructors have always been helpful and will work with you after class to make sure you learn. Action Karate has been a positive experience for me over the last 4 years, and I hope my preparation pays off for my Black Belt test.

Braeden L.  — Action Karate Huntington Valley November 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm