A black belt is not just something you are handed. It takes Hard Work, Focus, Self-Confidence and Discipline. It means Honour, Respect, and Responsibility.
For me this has not come easy. I have worked hard over the past eight years to achieve the level of black belt. A black belt does not define who I am, but gives me the confidence in myself to be all that I can be.
Achieving my black belt does not mean that I know everything, nor am I the best. It only shows that I am now ready to learn.
It has taught me
- Never give up (even when I really wanted to quit).
- Face my fears and stand tough in sparring no matter the outcome.
- Listen and accept criticism and learn from it.
- Work with others and how to teach what I have learned.
- Be a better person, to have patience, self-discipline, commitment.
- To love me, the person I am, not what others want me to be.
I have put a lot of time and training to achieve this, but for me it was all worth it.
I have attended several tournaments through the years and with each belt level I have graduated to, my competition gets tougher, but through my hard work I have managed to take home over 28 medals and 20 trophies. I am trained in
self-defence, weapons, sparing and forms.
The training is not always easy, and I have watched a lot of people drop out through the years or quit once they receive their black belt, but thanks to Master Cecil and my parents they always gave me the push I needed.
I am hoping that by the time I leave for college in 2 years that I will be ready to test for my 2nd degree black belt and thanks to you (Master Cecil and Mam Linda) I know that;
What The Mind Believes, The Body Achieves!
Jo Kyo Nim Anna Cyr