Since I started martial arts three years ago, there was a goal that I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to work hard to achieve one of the highest honors in the sport; a BLACK BELT. There are many reasons why I wanted to achieve this–honor; not giving up, make my family and instructors proud, and to make myself happy.
Being a Black Belt signifies NOT GIVING UP. In the student creed, it states “I will do things to make my mind and body strong.” This hasn’t been easy and has required a lot of hard work and DISCIPLINE. There were many times when I didn’t want to go to class or I didn’t want to practice. There were even a few times when I wanted to quit. The last time I wanted to quit was just six months ago. With some encouragement, I decided that I would keep going. I had worked so hard for the last two years and it would be stupid to quit so close to my goal.
The second reason I want to be a BLACK BELT is to make my family and my instructors proud. These people have supported me physically, emotionally and financially. They have invested in me greatly and it is important to me to show them that I am worth their investment; it’s paying off.
Finally, earning my BLACK BELT will make me happy. Three years ago, I set a goal for myself. I am very proud of myself for achieving that goal. It’s a great honor to be a BLACK BELT; and honor I hope I’m worthy of.
Who I Want To Thank
There are several people who, without their help, I wouldn’t be here today. There is my mom and dad, my sister, my instructors, Mr. Nick, my classmates, and my extended family.
First of all, I want to thank my parents. From the minute I wanted to start in karate, they were behind me. They have invested a lot of money and time for me to have this opportunity.
I also want to thank my sister. I know my commitment to karate has made her make some sacrifices and I want her to know that I am grateful and I love her.
To my instructors, Mr. Cornell, Mr. “Y” and Ms. Dawson. Thank you for always encouraging me to do my best. Each of you has helped me be a better athlete but more importantly, become a better person. Because of you, I am more confident, I am more comfortable around other people and I have learned a lot about respect. Respect for myself and for others.
To Mr. Nick, I want to thank you for all you have done to make this opportunity possible. If you hadn’t believed in Mr. Cornell years ago, I wouldn’t be here today. I also want to thank you for making sure we always have a great place to train.
I also want to thank all of my classmates for your friendship, making classes fun but also for pushing me to work hard and to be my best.
To my family, my grandparents from Indiana and my aunt and uncle from Alaska, thank you for being here for me. Along with many other members of my family, you have always stood by me and showed an interest in my karate as well as other things that are important to me.