Sotor Bushido Kia Karate
June 11, 2016
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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
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
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
June 8, 2013
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...
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