Started training: January 2006
Tested for red belt: October 8, 2010 at age 12
"My journey so far has been hard, but fun. As a white belt, I couldn't really imagine testing for black belt; heck, I couldn't even imagine testing for purple belt. But now as I'm a second degree brown belt, I realize I can get my black belt.
There are many reasons why I want to become a red belt. One of the reasons is that I want to have my own dojo someday. There are many other steps I need to complete this goal. But first of all, I need to become a black belt. Red belt is one step closer to my own dojo and self accomplishment.
The reason I want to own my own dojo is because I have fun watching how kids grow as martial artists from what I say and do. The one class I taught was a blast. Every time I would learn something new, I would get this feeling of excitement and knowledge, and I hope one day the students I teach will feel that too.
I first learned I was getting into karate on Christmas when I opened up one of my presents and found a gi. I didn't know what it was at first until my parents told me that it was a gi for karate. I was really excited for the rest of Christmas. It's been about five years since that day. And those years have had their ups and downs, but they were the best years ever.
Looking back, I never thought I would love karate as much as I do today. When I joined karate, I didn't think I was going to make it as far as I did after hearing how most people drop out before purple belt.
So now I stand here after hours of testing. I'm glad that I joined this dojo and not any of the other ones we looked at, because joining this dojo is probably the best choice Iv'e ever made."