Black Belt Essays

What does it mean to be an Amerikick martial arts black belt?

Well, that answer comes to me when I look in the mirror, as I am reminded on why I started karate in the first place. I started karate to help me improve on my self-confidence because of how I used to be used as a doormat to other people’s advantage. Though I only came there to boost my self-confidence to stand up to people that do so, I have learned many other things along the way. Some of these things naturally developed as I continued my classes at the karate school such as self-discovery. Other things, such as teamwork, are developed from interacting with other kids through different learning exercises such as self-defense drills or preforming together on a demo team.
In the beginning, when I started karate, I was a pretty shy person. I didn’t talk with many other kids, and being bullied was a big problem. I started karate many years ago, and at first I was nervous. As I kept going to classes, I enjoyed going there more and more. My self-esteem was slowly but surely rising because I felt like I could do karate, and nothing there could stop me. Around when I was an orange belt, I started making friends at karate and working with them to do different activities. This helped out with my teamwork, which also helped me out in school as well because then I could work with others on projects. As time went on and I became a green belt, I began setting a lot of goals that helped me practice more along with staying on task.

As I began to become a brown belt, I learned more about myself than I ever had before because of how open I was to many things. I tried new things in and out of karate, which helped me form the person I am today. I also learned about having a healthier life style that helped me become more fit and do more at karate. At last as a red belt, as I am now, I learned about time management. I learned about time management because now that I’m in 8th grade, I have more homework. This made me have to balance school and karate.
Overall, the meaning of being a black belt is different for many people, because everyone thinks differently. To me, being a black belt is being a white belt that never gives up. They also learn things along the way that can help them in their daily lives, and can be passed down to younger belts throughout time, just like me. A black belt is also a person who is a role model for other students. Black belts help other students achieve their goals, and help them towards becoming a black belt themselves. When I started karate as a white belt, I was an awkward girl who didn’t have any self-confidence. Over time, I gained skills that I can use everywhere.

Debra Makino

TRAINING IN MARTIAL ARTS AT AMERIKICK
Hi, My name is Kain Trusko. The idea of achieving Black Belt excellence means the world to me. When I began this journey more then four years ago, I did not quite understand what challenges were in front of me. I have learned that achieving Black Belt is more about personal growth then it is about being an incredible fighter. This path has been about integrity, modesty, self improvement and most of all perseverance.

Modesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit to me are the main symbols of karate. They all benefit me in ways to become a better martial artist. Modesty helps me by not being to proud or to confident about my abilities. Courtesy teaches me to be honest, respectful and honorable to everyone I meet. Integrity helps me with being honest and to have strong moral principals. Perseverance helps me by having persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. For example, when I broke my arm two years ago on my eighth birthday I still made it to all of my classes. Self control makes sure that I have the ability to control my actions, especially in difficult situations. Indomitable spirit keeps me strong to work hard and never give up.

Karate is really important to me. I love being active. I play other sports like baseball, basketball and soccer but karate is by far my favorite sport. I feel my most confident when I am practicing martial arts in the studio. It’s the best feeling ever. I really enjoy learning how to use weapons. Bo Staff is my favorite and the most fun. I love doing tricks with it especially neck and arm rolls. Nunchucks are my second favorite. You have to work hard to control them to make them work, but I like a challenge. Kamas are my least favorite because I feel like they are to easy to control and less fun to use. Sparring is also something that I work really hard on. It helps me to push myself in ways that are out of my comfort zone. I am not an aggressive kid and having this ability will help me to always stand up for myself and not be scared. It makes me feel powerful. Self defense is so important to me. If gives me comfort, to feel safe and to be able to protect myself.

I have a little brother named Shea who also practices at Amerikick Karate. I want to be a great role model for him. He looks up to me and it makes me feel very proud. I enjoy guiding him and teaching him. We have so much fun together at home practicing our katas and having our parents watch and give us scores. We also have a training bag down in our basement to practice our kicks and punches. I love that not only can we do this at the studio but we can get the extra practice and exercise at home.

When I started karate I had a goal to do the best I can and to become a Black Belt. I push myself in every class to learn and stand out. Now I am so close to achieving my goal. I look forward to continue to learn and grow as a martial artist. I am so thankful and grateful for each Sensei that has guided me along my journey. It would be so amazing to say that by the age of ten I became a Junior Black Belt.

Kain Trusko

What Have I Learned Since Receiving My AmeriKick Black Belt?

Back in December 2015, I received my Amerikick Junior Black Belt at the martial arts test in Warminster PA. which was a huge accomplishment for me and was very exciting. Since then I worked hard to my Senior Black belt 1 ½ years after and now very excited to receive my 1st degree. I am proud of myself to accomplish this goal.
I have grown in different ways at each level. I have physically gotten stronger practicing during the classes and conditioning my body. One thing I do at home is balance on an exercise ball to make my core stronger. I have gained confidence in trying new things like a back flip in the Master Club and trusting the sensei’s on helping me out. I was very nervous the first time I tried the back flip but with the practice I was able to accomplish it. I had the biggest smile on my face once I did it with just a spotter and now I can do it on my own. Being in the harder classes and volunteering to do a kata or a move in front of a karate class is also helping me gain the confidence in school with raising my hand to answer questions in all of my classes. I am determined to do my best in everything I try from now on.
I have learned that being a black belt means that the younger students will look up to me doing my katas and following what the sensei says. By this it shows the younger students what is expected and I have a responsibility to lead by example. With all the confidence I gained, I am now helping out volunteering my time to help teach the younger classes at AmeriKick Karate It was really hard at first but with the guidance of the lead sensei, my confidence grew being in front of the class. I lead with a positive attitude and show confidence in what I do so the students know that is what is expected from the sensei. I have taken the skills that I have learned in my black belt classes and put them into my everyday life. I have learned to work more on my self-confidence, perseverance and focusing on what the task I am doing.
Without the sensei’s and my parents pushing me and not giving up on me, I would not be where I am at today. I want to thank my parents for driving me to classes and pushing me to do them even when there were days I did not want to go. I have learned that as you practice and the more you practice the better I can get in the harder things I do.

Jake Sisco

What an Amerikick Karate Black Belt Means To Me

What does a black belt mean to me? A black belt means the world to me. I always wanted a black belt. I have been thinking of working for a black belt since I was a white belt. It is a goal that I made for myself. I told myself I would not give up. I will work hard, practice and train. I worked hard for this chance and I will finish what I started. If I had any other activities on testing day, I would`ve canceled the activity. I will climb the top of the mountain. I will get to experience what it is like to earn a black belt. I realize that the test will not be easy. I will try my best to get my black belt. I have to give my A+ game.
As a black belt I can help students that are either lower belts or are new black belts. I can also help other students that are struggling with their katas or self-defenses. I can tell others what it is like to experience the black belt test. I can also teach others when the Sensei allows me to run the class for a little bit.
When I first started taking karate I was not nervous. I was excited to learn karate. I was excited because I thought it would be fun and the place looked quite inviting. I thought Sensei Mike looked like a nice guy and he still is now. I was curious to find out how he got his black belt. When I saw the sign “Our Goal Is Black Belt”, I was wondering what a black belt was. I found out that a black belt was the maximum belt when I saw the other black belts wearing a black belt. I felt shy when I saw the future black belts with their red belts on. I admired the red belts and the hard work they were putting in. I felt intimidated because I did not know as many katas and self-defenses that they knew. This is when I made a vow to attempt to become a black belt. I realized now that my vow is starting to become true.
When I was a white belt I realized that the white belts didn’t learn many katas but we can still dream big. When I got my first stripe I was very eager to get my next stripe. When I was testing for my yellow belt I was excited to earn my yellow belt. When I finally became a yellow belt, I was satisfied with all my work and progress that I made. I knew I still had more goals to reach before earning my black belt. As an orange belt I learned my first “full kata”. I realized that it was an extended version of Little Tiger. I understood that all of the Amerikick katas were related to each other. There are some things I did in Amerikick One that I did in Little Tiger. Also, there are punches and a few of the kicks that are used in all of the Amerikick katas.
Now as a red belt I have more goals to achieve instead of messing around with my friends. I can tell people the requirements that need to be met to become a black belt. The focus and the hard work that you have to put in to reach the goal of being a black belt. Being a black belt means the world to me!!

Zachary Pervil

What A Black Belt Means To Me

Typically, receiving a black belt means that one has reached a higher level of knowledge in the field of martial arts. However, to me, a black belt means so much more. Getting a black belt is coming so far – so far, in fact, as to have gone from being a small and weak white belt to what you are now: a strong and independent black belt. Getting a black belt is persevering through the grueling ordeal of a black belt test so that you can wear it proudly. Getting a black belt is remembering each advancement in your martial arts experience and channeling all the energy from all of your being into your forms, your sparring techniques, your everything! Getting a black belt – your junior one, the first one, specifically – is finally having a sense of relief that all the hard work you’ve done in all your color belt years wasn’t worthless.

I started karate because of my brother around seven years ago. I figured it’d just be another hobby that eventually, I’d ditch. I had found this assumption to be correct until a few years ago. I had just received my green belt, and upon receiving it, I realized that I had a burning passion for martial arts, and I needed to get serious if I was to continue. However, if I was to advance in martial arts, then I needed to spar. The problem with that was that I refused to. After two years, I finally agreed to spar. Not long after that, I tested for my brown belt – and succeeded! I’d discovered a new-found love: that of Amerikick martial arts.

My two years of training as an advanced belt have flown by, and now I’m testing for my black belt. Throughout those two years, I have made so many friends and my motivation to pass this three-day test grew stronger and stronger as I trained. I want more than anything to receive my black belt because it will signify all seven of the long years of effort I put into becoming the best martial artist I can be. Getting my black belt used to seem like a far-off fantasy, but now I can see it clearly: the blood pumping through my veins, the beam on my face, the tears of happiness waiting to slip out. Getting my black belt means success. Getting my black belt means the ecstatic feeling that I will get while admiring my name, embroidered carefully in red onto the black cloth, my emotional capacity filled to the brim with pure satisfaction.

Everything that I state in this essay would probably drive you to think that I believe that once I receive my black belt, that’s it, I’ve reached the peak of my training. However, I feel quite the opposite. Getting my black belt will only be the beginning of my training, for I have yet to learn everything. Getting my black belt will be a new beginning, a fresh start, a reset back to square one: and I’m rather glad about that.

So, I guess the message I’m trying to convey is: receiving a black belt means restarting your training; but this time, you have a belt signifying the knowledge you have acquired in the years leading up to the new beginning as a Sensei at Amerikick karate.

Lara Ongan