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What a Black Belt Means to Me by Myles Buchanan

I have learned that it takes effort to do well in school, sports, and life. My hard work in karate has helped me to achieve my black belt. It takes effort for me to get up each day to go to school and try my best. I want to try my best at all the […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Caitlin Beveridge

I stated at AmeriKick when I was 9 years old. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself. I was very shy and had a hard time trying new things. I still remember my first class at AmeriKick, I was excited, and nervous at the same time.  Each class was fun, and I was […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Kyle Oplinger

A Black Belt is a great achievement which requires a lot of hard work. A Black Belt must have Determination, Self-Control, Focus, Perseverance, Modesty, Attitude and Honesty. Determination means to push yourself hard beyond your limits and to work hard to achieve goals. I am determined to obtain a Black Belt. I have worked very […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Andersen Yuwono

As a person who is nearing black belt testing, I can say that black belt can mean a multitude of things. Not just an individual concept or meaning of success, but a way to sink in all your hard work and take pride in it. Memorizing and mastering all the necessary karate skills are important, […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Kevin Uyaguari 

I received my black belt in 2017 and I’ve learned a lot of things since then. I was about 12 when I got my black belt and now I’m 16 testing for my 1st degree. When I got the belt I thought I was the man and thought I finally made it up there. I […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Taylor Greiner

A lot has changed since I have received my black belt, the whole world went into lock down and my whole world turned around, but somehow through all of that I managed to keep my head high and move forward with the world. I had become a black belt so I could teach kids and […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Mark Cellini

Since receiving my Senior Black Belt 5 years ago the one thing I learned is to remind myself to reach for newer goals, bigger heights and motivate myself to becoming better. The motivation I have in becoming better every day also helps strengthens my passion to continue my martial arts career that has lasted for […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Marquis Downing

Receiving my black belt from Amerikick has instilled priceless knowledge, invaluable discipline and irreplaceable leadership. The following essay will dive into these three points as it concludes with a summarization of what having a black belt means. Priceless knowledge is a phrase that comes to mind because karate in general teaches you tangible and well […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Cameron Penz

Over time we all learn new things. From learning a  new hobby, learning how to do the laundry, or learning a new subject in school, the possibilities are endless. What I’ve specifically learned since receiving my black belt were the character traits of perseverance and confidence. Having these two traits is very helpful because the […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Gabriel Barquero

Black Belt to me means Dedication, Devotion, and Discipline. Dedication means that you work as hard as you can no matter the task, the time, or the place.  Devotion means that you strive and want to commit yourself to be able to work as hard as you can to achieve any goal you want to […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Bosco Cheung

There was once I saw a group of teenagers was hurting/bullying a little kid and saying hurtful words to him so I went there to break up the fight and protect the child and bring him to the parents. The parents comforted their kids and thanked me. That was one of the times I felt […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Ashley Cheung

Getting a black belt is a big accomplishment. You put a lot of dedication into achieving This goal, for me, it took about 7 years. The Black belt means many things but what I look for in a black belt and try to be is, being a good leader, someone who is kind and helpful. […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Gavinn Ford

My name is Gavinn Ford.  I started karate at Amerikick Northeast Philadelphia school in November 2017. I knew from the moment I received my white belt that I wanted to be a black belt. I did a minimum of two classes per week to advance to the next belt to reach my goal of becoming […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Liam Molinari

A Black Belt is a serious thing to receive. I know that I have to be disciplined and practice to be at the top of my guard all the time. I also need to know how to stop bullies from hurting me and others without engaging in a fight. I must learn to lead by […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Rishi Lamm

When I was five years old, I started karate and I was extremely nervous.  As I moved up in belt levels, I gained more confidence and lifelong friends.  To me having a black belt means being dedicated, hardworking and having discipline.  Karate has taught me how to have self-control and how to handle bullies. The […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Siya Inamdar

To me, a black belt means so many things. It means that you know how to defend yourself in a dangerous situation. It means you’re stronger than you think. To me, it’s like a door to a brand-new library that just opened in town. But you can’t just be handed the black belt. You must […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Terrance Broughton Jr

At the age of 2 years old, my dad bought me blue boxing gloves. I had been practicing boxing around the house at any given time.  I wanted to do more things similar to boxing. That is when I found karate.  I ended up joining a karate school called Dynamic Martial Arts.  At first, I […]

Black Belt Essay by Matthew Leone

To me earning a Black Belt means lots of achievements such as strength, honor and bravery.  Strength is shown in the physical test.  Honor is shown by being accepted to take the test and Bravery is shown by actually taking and passing the test.  Some achievements that I feel about earning a Black Belt are feeling accomplished and […]

What Black Belt means to me By Grace Duffy

Earning my black belt means a lot of things to me. But the most important reasons are that it shows that I am qualified, and can protect myself if necessary. It shows that I have worked hard and can work hard on anything. Above all, I can stand up to someone bigger and stronger than […]

What My Black Belt Means to Me by Gracie Sokoloff

My black Belt. For seven years, the moment I’ve been waiting for, has finally come to me. I will be receiving my Black Belt. The color I have seen on many Senseis, teaching me to come to this spectacular point of my life. And now I will be one of those Senseis, who will teach […]

What Black Belt Means to Me by Amelia Haque

On June 3rd, 2017, I became a black belt. That day will forever be one of the most important days of my life, since I achieved the goal that every martial artist sets out to reach. Since then, as a junior black belt I have learned many valuable lessons that I will carry with me […]

Black Belt Essay by Zachary Huot

When I first started karate, I was only five years old. I remember watching black belts and thinking that I was never going to be able to get there. How would I memorize all those katas? How would I run 3 miles? It just seemed impossible. My brother, Matthew inspired me. Around the time that […]

Black Belt Essay by Ryan White

As a junior belt, senseis teach many lessons that apply not only to karate, but also to life. However, at that age, not many of those lessons click in the students’ brains. Later in life, these students mature, and they truly understand the lessons that their senseis have taught them. This is the case for […]

Black Belt Essay by Andrew Anderson

Getting to my First Degree Black Belt test has been a long journey and I have learned many lessons along the way. In the process of getting here, quite a bit has happened. I started at AmeriKick in Haddon Heights and then moved to the new studio in Blackwood. There have been times I’ve wanted […]

Black Belt Essay by Cj Schlueter

The question “What I have learned since receiving my Black Belt” can be answered in many ways. After reading this Document, you will see what I’ve learned since receiving my Black Belt. The first thing I’ve learned since getting my Black Belt is, you have to set new goals for yourself. Usually, everyone’s first main […]

Black Belt Essay by Tyler Derby

I’ve been doing karate for a little more than nine years at Amerikick Langhorne. I am senior black belt and part of the demo team. Karate has made me push myself through tough situations and become stronger. At karate I have learned many things, especially in the last couple of years since I have been a […]

Black Belt Essay by Anna Lu

What I Have Learned Since Receiving My Black Belt Females become confident leaders through Amerikick Martial arts lessons By Anna Lu  I can recall the moment I received my white belt. By that time I was already obsessed with the idea of receiving my black belt. Later, I achieved my goal received my black belt […]

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Alek Stein

I started taking karate lessons when I was 5 years old. I went to Amerikick Karate through my school at Trinity Learning Center (TLC). Often, after Kindergarten, I’d go to the gym at TLC and take karate with Sensei Kim and my school friends. At first, I really wanted to learn karate because I thought […]

Black Belt Essay by Samara Landais

Amerikick Park Slope Martial arts is not just a form of self defense, it is a way of life. You must be the same person you are inside and outside of the dojo. Following this way of life has improved aspects of me.  My body is healthier, I have become more studious, I have more […]

Black Belt Essay by Connor Baily

Being a black belt means to me that I have gone through very hard challenges. I had to do push ups, sit-ups, burpees, and many more to get to the level of the black belt. Also being a black belt means to me that I have gotten stronger and stronger throughout the years. Being a […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Jace Chila

¨A black belt is a white belt that never quit.¨ This is a quote that I’ve seen painted on my dojoe’s walls for the past 5 years, and I have learned many life lessons from it. In karate you can learn a lot, and as a black belt you should know all of these things […]

Black Belt Essay by Xander Stutzman

Karate is something I can go do for fun, and while it’s fun, I can also be learning important things like how to protect yourself or having a better amount of flexibility.  There are many things that karate can help you do in life, and a few of them can even save your life. Karate […]

Black Belt Essay by Ashley Zerbe

I have learned a lot ever since I received my Junior Black Belt. The major things I have learned is that it has helped me focus more, I have also been a lot stronger and more mature. I have been through a lot this past year and trying to earn my First Degree Black Belt […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Ally Ventura

This is what black belt means to me. Black belt means that you have gotten better at kicks, punches, and more. It means that you are able to defend yourself and know when to use karate. I think when you get your black belt you shouldn’t get it handed to you, you have to earn […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Geovanni Desir

To me becoming a black belt signify hard work and determination. I started karate when I was six years old, I learned all of my katas, self-defense techniques and sparring techniques. During my years of karate I spent time practicing with weapons such as Bo Staff, Kamas and Swords. During my years of practicing karate […]

What Black Belt Means To Me by Adam Pitula

Black belt means to me hard work, self discipline and always trying my best. I have been doing karate for over half of my life and from the day I started I have dreamed of being a black belt. Every time I attended a class and I saw a person that has a black belt, […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Jadyn Friedman

A black belt is one of the most important accomplishments that I could ever achieve. My journey started 4 years ago when we came to Amerikick to try karate. I remember that my sister and I had our try out with Sensei Brendan, who was still a red belt. After that try out, I instantly […]

Black Belt Essay by Megan Embrico

When I started karate five and a half years ago, I didn’t fully understand what a black belt represented. I always thought it was just a different colored belt to show what level of karate a person knew. But when I was a green belt, it hit me and I realized what it meant to […]

Black Belt Essay Taylor Greiner

In my eyes a black belt is respectful, strong, courageous, trustworthy and responsible.  These are some of the reasons why I want to be an outstanding black belt.  I like to help out the younger kids learning their katas and stances.  I know I am still too young, but maybe when I am older I […]

Black Belt Essay by Aidan Pryor

I have been a member of Amerikick Martial Arts since I was 3 ½ years old. Over the last 8 years of my black belt journey, I have been building my self-defense skills and have incorporated the black belt principles of modesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, indomitable spirit, and self-discipline into my daily life. Being a […]

Black Belt Essay by George Leigh IV

karate[kuh-rah-tee] noun a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by striking sensitive areas on an attacker’s body with the hands, elbows, knees, or feet. I’ve been asked to describe what earning a black belt means to me. First, it will let me know I’m a warrior. I’ll know that […]

What a Black Belt Means To Me by Mackenzie Willbanks

A Black Belt is a White Belt who Never Quit I started writing this essay about what a black belt means to me by listing the obvious: dedication, motivation, grit and perseverance, but then I realized that this wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t personal to me and to vague. And then I remembered this phrase: […]

Black Belt Essay by Jenna Shaffer

I have learned many things from the senseis at Amerikick. I want to write about what I have learned since getting my junior black belt. One of the most important things I learned is to be a good example for others. It is extra important when you are a black belt to understand that you […]

Black Belt Essay by Matthew Shaffer

I have studied karate for seven years and been a junior black belt for a year and a half. Every class we practice kicks, punches and blocks. While they are important, I have come to realize there are so many other things that are equally or more important. Perhaps one the most important things for […]

What A Black Belt Mean To Me by Kyle Lewis

I’m really looking forward to earning my black belt. When I was a little kid, and I first attended a birthday party at Amerikick for my friend Hunter Shaffer, I was unsure if I would be able to learn karate. I was also very, very unsure if I would be able to make it all […]

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Marissa Willbanks

Being a black belt means many things to me, but most prominently it means that I’ve lived up to the Amerikick Creed. As an Amerikick student I’ve work hard: I’ve learned that “I can’t” is only an excuse and shown myself that “I can” overcome obstacles and challenges thrown my way. When I first committed to taking karate classes, I created a goal […]

What A Black Belt Means to Me by Josh Green

In the world of martial arts, the ultimate goal is to achieve the level of black belt. This is no easy task, for students of martial arts must first receive instruction from other black belts, progressively advancing through the ranks in order to attain a black belt. This process, done correctly, takes many years to […]

What My Black Belt Means To Me by Priya Rao

“Amerikick” “Amerikick!”  “Short-one” “Short-one!” This is what I will be saying when I become a black belt. My black belt means to me that I am one step closer to becoming a full sensei, I will have something that most people I know don’t have, and I can continue learning new karate techniques such as self-defense […]

Black Belt Essay by Julia Ackerman

On June 2nd I will walk across the stage for the third time to receive my first degree black belt. It has been two years since I have earned my senior black belt and I have learned many important things that have changed my life. I have been doing karate for almost 9 years now […]

Black Belt Essay by Rahul Anantuni

An Amerikick Black Belt means everything to me as I have learned extremely important life lessons since receiving it. I have become a Sensei at Amerikick Karate and I have gotten my first job teaching karate to students. I love this experience as this allows me to teach what I have learned and continue to […]