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Red Belt Essays

These essays are reflections written by red belts of all ages as they prepare for their red belt tests, their last test at the dojo. Students read these essays at the end of their red belt test, and the experience is a great opportunity for students to reflect, share advice and thoughts, and thank those who helped them along their journey.

June 25, 2017

Braden Williams

Started training March 2011, age 6

Tested for red belt June 24, 2017, age 12

Amazing. Never in my Karate career did I think that I would make it all the way to this belt that I have on me right now.

It feels like yesterday that I was nearly failing my yello...

June 25, 2017

Crystal Wright

Started training in January 2009, age 31

Tested for red bely June 24, 2017, age 40

I have thought about this essay many times over the years as I moved through the belts. Putting it in writing is more difficult than I expected. I do not like to talk about m...

June 25, 2017

Gabrielle Sarao
Started training in March 2010, Age 11

Tested for red belt June 24, 2017, Age 18

This is the greatest accomplishment that I have ever reached, for nothing, is more physically, mentally, or emotionally taxing. All the sweat, blood, tears and bruises are wo...

June 25, 2017

Patty Knowles

Started training June 16, 2010, age 42
Tested for red belt June 24, 2017, age 49

I have pictured myself at this point many times. Standing, red belt on, reading my essay. This is one of my strengths: Picturing myself succeeding. I have used this strategy my...

June 25, 2017

Cade Ginsburg
Starting training in January 2010, age 7

Tested for red belt June 24, 2017, age 15

I started taking karate here at the dojo about seven and a half years ago which is crazy to think about because that's half of my life that i’ve been a part of this special p...

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...

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