Started training: March 2007
Tested for red belt: September 2, 2011 at age 12
Getting my black belt in karate has been my goal since I was four years old. Testing to red belt is the most exciting, crazy, nerve-wracking, dangerous, wonderful thing I've ever done, and I'm so eager to keep going. I love doing karate because its more than a practical self defense, but a way to live by; a passion, a dream. It's a path that can lead a person in so many different directions, but it's up to you to choose who you'll be as a martial artist, and how you'll live your life.
I think it's essential in karate to know that there is never an end, and it's you who ends it at black belt, or when you've "mastered" it. To me, there are really no lines to stay inside, and the only way to achieve is to color outside the lines of karate. My personal goal is to let go of my fears and never look back and wish I could have done better or pushed harder.
One of my favorite parts of karate is the blue gi program, because teaching and sharing such an amazing sport can be so hard, but it's so much fun! It has also been amazing to watch the dojo grow, and see so many different people come and go.
I love how karate is an art that is so challenging, but someone can get so much out of it. Even the push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups and horse stances and grit are an art in their own way, because karate is about doing everything you're afraid of. At the dojo, there are so many things that I would never have imagined doing, or never wanted to do, that I have done, and I'm glad I did. There are so many invisible walls that can be broken through with spirit.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me get here!!!