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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Action Effect Stories
My story began in early 2014 when we signed my 3 year old daughter up for a 2 week trial at Action Feasterville. Within the first week we realized the drive in the winter conditions would be too much and feared her karate training would end just as it was getting started. Luckily my husband realized there was an Action Karate in Jamison; it was the same distance but the traffic was less. And so for a year I sat in the chairs and watched my daughter earn belt after belt in the asah/ninja shark class. Then in 2015 on my son’s 3rd birthday, he joined the ranks of ninja sharks. At this point my husband began taking classes as well, but I still sat on the sidelines watching. In April 2015 at the end of class Sensei Michael announced that moms could train free in May. I still was not convinced to get out on the mat, but what changed my mind was my daughter, after class she said to me that I should join the adult class, I told her I didn’t think I could do it; those black belts look so confident and tough, I would be out of place. So my daughter said “mom, if I can do karate, you can too!” That was it, I was semi pushed, semi guilt-ed into signing up for class. After my first promotion night,which was one of the hardest mental challenges to overcome, I was hooked! And those confident and tough black belts…they were actually kind and nice, and caring and helped me and cheered me on! As the months moved on my self talk was no longer “if I become a black belt one day” but “WHEN I become a black belt.”Action Karate has helped me to gain grit and self confidence that I never knew I had.
“Quitters never win”
When my parents signed me up for the after school program at Action Karate which included Karate classes, I wasn’t very happy as I was afraid I wasn’t going to do well. However, I started and I liked it a lot. Mr. Patrick and Miss Casey made the classes a lot of fun. I made some friends. When I was a green belt I wanted to give up but my friend Luke pushed me and said Christopher you are not a quitter. Then I remember what Mr. Bittner always said. “Quitters never win” so I stayed and now after almost 2 years I’m a black/red belt and I am ready to test for my Junior Black Belt.
Getting so Far
Six years ago, I was a white belt sitting in the Basic class. Each day we would do some easy exercises, and we would run certain drills. We would sometimes even play games! every promotion was a memorable one, knowing that each time, I got closer to my goal. Now, with the help and motivation of my parents and instructors, I am hopefully soon to be a first degree black belt. With lots of hard word and sweat, I have reached to this point. This truly means a lot to me because, for six years, i have worked hard. Now, its time for the home stretch. ASAH!!!