Sortor Bushido Kai Karate

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June 11, 2016

Garrett Knowles

Started training: June 2009 - Age 6

Tested for red belt: June 11, 2016 - Age 13

This being my last test inside a building gives me the chills. Just thinking about black belt mountain makes my stomach ache. It’s hard to believe that I have gone through so m...

June 11, 2016

Luke Larsen

Started training: March 2010 - Age 5

Tested for red belt: June 11, 2016 - Age 11

I am a Champion
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

What an amazing journey this has been for me.  I never would’ve dreamed as a...

June 11, 2016

Ivan Melsheimer

Started training: January 2011 - Age 7

Tested for red belt: June 11, 2016 - Age 12

I used to look at the belts on the wall, and think of them as just random colors. And in a way, they are. Just a long piece of fabric that you tie around your waist. I know...

June 6, 2015

Hunter Blakelock

Started training: January 2010 - Age 11

Tested for red belt: June 6, 2015 - Age 17

It is strange to stand here and read this, because it almost feels unreal, like a dream. I have been training for about 5 and a half years in this school, and now it feels...

June 6, 2015

Cole Blakelock

Started training: January 2010 - Age 8

Tested for red belt: June 6, 2015 - Age 14

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” was a quote written by a Chinese philosopher by the name of Laozi in 531 B.C. Don’t worry, though. This isn’t a histo...

November 14, 2014

Elise Knowles

Started training: January 2009 - Age 9

Tested for red belt: November 14, 2015 - Age 16

Sensei Kristina told me before my brown II test, “you aren’t the average teenage girl.” At the time I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. But no matter how I felt about it,...

June 7, 2014

Jeremiah Nord

Started training: January 2010 - Age 27

Tested for red belt: June 7, 2014 - Age 31

I want to start by thanking everyone for being here today. It’s an honor to have you all here supporting me, and I am very grateful.

This essay is very hard for me to write. I...

August 13, 2013

Jarod Gatley

Started training: September 2008 - Age 9

Tested for red belt: August 21, 2013 - Age 14

Every kid has a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. Well I was no

exception, I wanted to be a cowboy. One day when I got back from who knows where, I 

saw these...

June 8, 2013

Grant Gibson

Started training: July 2008 - Age 10

Tested for red belt: June 8, 2013 - Age 15

A couple months ago, I spent about an hour cleaning through, rearranging, alphabetizing, and even categorizing the movies and video games in my DVD drawer by genre, when I noticed...

June 8, 2013

Iqmal Wolfenden

Started training: January 2008 - Age 7

Tested for red belt: June 8, 2013 - Age 13

It’s time to start the second hardest part of the test. The first would be standing up

out of seiza fast enough at the beginning of the test. My journey has taken me to new

pla...

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