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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What Changed My Mind
I started karate after I went to a friend’s birthday party. We had so much fun that when my Mom asked if I wanted to take lessons, I was really into it. the first few belts were really easy. I made new friends. We had Martial Arts Camp, a Kick-a-Thon and I got to break boards. When you’re a yellow belt, getting a Black Belt seems so far away and so cool, I said yes to that, too.
Then it got hard. The katas got longer. The testing got harder. The tournaments were more competitive. I had to start deciding if I was willing to miss other activities to come to more practices. That was hard, too.
By the time we got to the brown belt level, my friends and I were a real team and really wanted to finish together. But then I wasn’t so sure. I had other sports. I was tired and a little bored. The extra Black Belt practices were very hard. And I was stressed about these TESTS everyone kept warning us about. How hard they were. How were wouldn’t get drink breaks. How parents couldn’t come watch the pre-test and I wished they could be there. I wasn’t sure how much I wanted a Black Belt if I had to do all that.
But one night, after getting through a super hard round of hundreds of jump ropes/push ups and V ups, I realized that I COULD do it. I was really making progress. And with some extra practice, I would probably make it through the testing. I have practicing really hard and all the adults – my teachers, my teammates’ parents, and especially my parents – are cheering me on. I have to do it now. I know I can do it now. Actually, I can’t wait. I’m ready.
My Black Belt Path
Action karate has improved my life by helping me focus which got me better grades. Concentration has helped me not get distracted. Self-control has helped me get in trouble less at school.
I enjoy my instuctors because they are friendly. I can’t wait to get better at tornado kicks.
My Black Belt Journey
I wanted to do karate since I was 2 years old. I began when I was 5. I visited various schools and Action Karate and found Action Karate North Wales and thought it was a good fit for me. I began as one of the first families to join Action Karate North Wales. I started as a Ninja Shark. At the beginning, it was basic push ups, jumping jacks, and squats and then it started to get more advanced. When I began purple/blue/green, it started to get harder. When I started brown and red belts, we 1st did sword kata which is harder then it looks. Then we did staff kata, I had no idea it could hurt someone. Then we got these really sharp things called kamas, which I thought was dangerous. Then I got some sweet arnises, which are basically two cool long sticks. When I first started the black belt training, I was just a black over brown belt and then I earned my black over red belt. I am very lucky to be going for my junior black at the age of 9. I am also very fortunate to have the help of Mr. Current, Mr. Dudak and Mr. McQuade. Along the way it was very tough to progress through the belts, but I have done it and it has been super fun. And if you didn’t start, you are missing out on all the fun!