Sortor Bushido Kai Karate

63056 Lower Meadow Dr. #120, Bend, OR 97701

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Jarod Gatley

August 13, 2013

 

Jarod Gatley

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 

 

saw these white suits on the table, my first thought was, “My dream has just turned from 

 

being a cowboy to a bee keeper.”  I started karate that Tuesday. When I came to the 

 

dojo for my first class I can remember Grant coming to Chad and I, and asking us if we 

 

knew Taikyoku Shodan. We said no so Grant showed us the form. After seeing how long 

 

and hard it looked, I was freaking out. 

 

White and yellow went by in a flash, until, aw yes blue, the belt where I thought I

 

was in charge of the dojo. One night Sensei came up to me and we started to talk about 

 

how I had taken down a kid, acting like I was “The Boss.”

 

The next few years went by, then next thing I knew I was supposed to test with 

 

Grant, Evan, and Hunter, for red. Grant, Evan, Chad, and I had gone from yellow to 

 

brown 2 together, and hunter had joined us at purple. 2 weeks before the test, I was 

 

getting ready for it, when all of the sudden I fell with a huge pain in my hip, with tears in 

 

my eyes, I called my dad and told him what had happened, that’s when I found that I 

 

might have a hernia. We went to the ER and they told me that I had a torn muscle in my 

 

hip, and that I could not test. That was the hardest time in karate for me, But thanks to 

 

Barb and Mrs. Gibson I made it though. 

 

Before I leave, I just want to say thanks to Grant, Evan, Hunter, Cameron, Iqmal, and 

 

Galen for training with me,  to all the black belts, Jeremiah, and Dan, for beating me up, 

 

to all the adults for all their increment, and also to my mom and dad for… well if I go 

 

though all that they have done for me, we might be here awhile, and to sensei and

 

Kristina for putting up with me for all these years, and least but not lest I want to thank 

 

God, who loves me so much and lets me be apart of such a great dojo.

 

! ! ! ! !   THANK YOU

 

         OSS

 

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