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 Journey to Black Belt

My journey started approximately three years ago when my son who was six at the time decided he wanted to take karate. He started with a monthly promotion to earn his white belt. He enjoyed the classes and I enjoyed watching him in class. I like the way the instructors encouraged the students and noticed right away that there were no politics involved, like in other sports. As a child I always wanted to try karate but my family could not afford to pay for classes and I was also involved in other sports. A few months into my sons journey a promotion was run for adults, January 1st earn your white belt and start the new year off right. So I of course decided to go for it. It was definitely intimidating at first but with the encouragement of the instructors and other students I was well on my way. Here I am today approximately three years later after a ton of hard work, working around schedules, helping my son stay on top of his curriculum and on track, in the process of accomplishing my goal of achieving my black belt. It ha not been an easy road with working full time and having a family to organize. The whole journey can become overwhelming but the flexibility and support Action Karate Nazareth has allowed and provided has gotten me through. I thank all the students and instructors for their encouragement and understanding through the years. Without their support I am not sure I would have made it this far and if I did it would have been an even bumpier road traveling it alone.

Heather Unangst  — Action Karate Nazareth October 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm

My Action Karate Story

My Action Karate Story started five years ago when I started second grade. My parents wanted me to try a new activity and the Jamison studio opened near our home. At first I was nervous but overtime I gained confidence. Soon I had more confidence in many parts of my life, like school. I stayed committed to my two classes a week, earning my stripes and belts. After three years, I started training for my Junior Black Belt. The process was difficult but I pushed through and proudly tested for my Junior Black belt. Shortly after earning my Junior Black Belt I was asked to join the Demo Team. I really enjoy practice and performing with the team at tournaments and public events. Now I am training for my First Degree Black Belt. I am more prepared this time but still need to work hard and practice the self defenses, katas and workouts. I plan to earn my First Degree Black Belt on December 3rd.

Will Lolas  — Action Karate Jamison October 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm

My Tournament Story

The one Action Karate story that is important to me is about the lunges I needed to do for a tournament. At the tournament, I had to do lunges for 60 seconds. Lunges are very hard for me. To get ready for the tournament, I had to practice, practice, practice my lunges. There were times that I didn’t want to do my practice. Even on the days that I didn’t want to do my lunge practice, I still did it. Practicing my lunges was hard but it paid off. At the tournament, I earned a gold medal because I was able to do 67 lunges in 60 seconds. My legs were really aching but it felt so good to earn the gold medal. This challenge taught me that if you keep on practicing (even if you don’t want to) it will pay off. In life, this lesson helped me learn that practicing, for things like tests or other tournaments, is very important because if you keep on practicing you will have a higher chance to succeed.

-Ethan C. (8 years old, Jr. Black Belt Candidate)

Ethan Cirafesi  — Action Karate Jamison October 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm