When I was at the Malvern School as a toddler, Sensei Michael came to visit. I do not remember what Sensei Michael taught us, but I do remember him. I remember how positive he was. I remember his smile. When I was 6 years old, my elementary school had a spring fair. East West Karate was at the spring fair doing board breaking. I was hooked. My brother and I begged my mom to sign us up for karate lessons. My mom remembered Sensei Michael too. So she called East West Karate, but she called Action Karate too. Guess what? Sensei Michael called her back first! And I am so glad he did!
I have had struggles on my journey. I struggle with being confident, especially when I have to correct the Ninja Sharks. I have had a hard time learning Long 1. I also often have a hard time getting out the door of my house to get to karate, and with keeping my appearance neat and tidy, especially my hair!
However, I have also had many triumphs on my journey. I was accepted into the junior leadership program, I won 2 first place trophies at AK tournaments, I helped at the AK Jamison MLK Day camp and I passed my black belt pre-test! I think my biggest triumph has been that I am becoming more confident/less shy.