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
places, but why I started it I will never know. My feeling is that my mom told me that I was
going to do karate and so I did. The introductory class with Max is about the only thing I
remember about white belt. One day I became a yellow belt and took my first class where
we did sidekick drills. After being a yellow belt for some time I tested for blue and became
a blue belt. I remember taking the last class in the old dojo before we moved out of the
building. When the dojo moved to the “new dojo” it made it a lot easier for me to bike over.
Sometime later on I had my first test in the “new dojo” and became a purple belt. All
of my memories of purple belt are blurred and might be from purple two, I don’t know. I do
know that I more or less learned Bossai Sho in one class thanks to Kristina. After learning
my stuff for purple belt, I then tested for purple two.
Thoughts about going through purple two are messy and hard to figure out.The main
parts I remember of purple two is my test to brown and getting ready for it. I practiced for it
with Allie, Tyler, and Elizabeth. My brown test is the test I consider the hardest test that I had
done when writing this. The test was exhausting and at the end when everyone was
congratulating us I was too tired to realize what I had done. I’m pretty sure I had to walk
home after that test. My brown two test wasn’t nearly as hard as I knew what to expect and I
also made fewer mistakes than before.
Many people have helped me along my journey and I would like to thank them. My
mom, for making me go to class when I didn’t want to. Sensei for being so strong and
expecting so much of us. Kristina for making the business run. The black belts for teaching
classes and helping out. My friends here for inspiring me to go farther than I can believe.
Even the people in my classes that I help out in I want to thank for making me a better
One last thought is that pain, while all consuming at that moment, simply just lasts that
moment to always give it your BEST!