Sortor Bushido Kai Karate

63056 Lower Meadow Dr. #120, Bend, OR 97701

Text/Call: 541.385.4985 | kristina@sortorkarate.com

BLACK BELT ESSAYS​

Black Belt Essays

Those who test for black belt are required to give a speech after their black belt test, at the black belt tea ceremony.  The essays they read are meant to give these new black belts a platform to reflect on their journey, advise future black belts, and share their thoughts.

We also have a myriad other wonderful assistant senseis at the dojo - students of all ages, purple belt and higher, who you will see wearing blue assistant instructor uniforms.  These students assist in rank tests, workshops and classes, and have worked very hard for a long time in order to earn their blue assistant sensei uniform.  If you have any questions or need help at the dojo, you can always ask any sensei in a blue gi, and they will be able to help you.

If you would like a private lesson with one of our assistant senseis, or Sensei Brian, please email kristina@sortorkarate.com or call 541.385.4985 to schedule.

August 26, 2017

Started training in January 2009 at age 9

Tested for black belt on July 30, 2017 at age 17

"Sitting down to write this essay has been more difficult than I previously imagined. How do I condense almost a decade of crazy hard work, life experiences, and all the friendship...

July 17, 2016

Started training in January 2010 at age 11, tested for black belt in July 2016 at age 18.

Black Belt Speech:

There are very few things in this world that, no matter the ability, will never be reached. And yet, many remain beyond the horizon, unable to be described, and a...

July 17, 2016

Started training in January 2010 at age 8, and tested for black belt in July 2016 at age 15.

Black Belt Speech:

Words cannot express the feelings and emotions I felt after completing a journey that has taken six and a half years. It’s something that has been a long time...

July 17, 2016

Started training in January 2010.  Tested for black belt July 2016.

Black Belt Speech:

In June of 2014 I tested for and received my red belt.  Up until this point black belt had never really seemed real. But it then became very real.  The mountain was next.  After 7 rank...

July 12, 2015

Started training in March 2007, age 8.  Tested for black belt July 2015, age 16.

Black Belt Speech:

There is so much I want to say, but I feel like nothing can accurately sum up

this experience. It feels impossible for me to put these past few months into words,

nonetheles...

July 12, 2015

Started training in February 2008, age 10.  Tested for black belt July 2015, age 18.

Black Belt Speech:

      The first thing i'd like to say is that I don't want this essay to be all about me, I want this to be about you guys, my listeners and supporters. The goal of my...

July 12, 2015

Started training in December 2008, age 10.  Tested for black belt July 2015, age 17.

Black Belt Speech:

CHECK BACK SOON! :)

July 12, 2015

Started training in September 2008, age 9.  Tested for black belt July 2015, age 16.

Black Belt Speech:

Black Belt, since I was 9 years old this has been something that I’ve  looked at but never thought I’d make it to this point, that somewhere along the way I’d lose int...

July 13, 2014

Started training in July 2008, age 10.  Tested for black belt July 2014, age 16.

Black Belt Speech:

            This past year has flown by fast!  I remember thinking the time between my red belt test and testing for black belt would be long, but this now seems way wrong...

July 13, 2014

Started training in July 2008, age 10.  Tested for black belt July 2014, age 16.

Black Belt Speech:

It’s very difficult for me to try and find the right words to describe my journey. For just over 6 years, I have spent a good portion of my life working to improve myself...

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