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Black Belt Essays

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Wyatt Mak

A Black Belt is nothing without the person who wears it. A Black Belt doesn’t make the person. It is the mentality of the person that makes them a Black Belt. At Amerikick we have a saying, “A black belt is a white belt that never quits”. Nobody can respect somebody...

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Jameson Taber

Perseverance Through Nine Years of Karate Journey Black Belt means perseverance, because I have been doing karate for 9 years. In those 9 years I have trained and tried my best to make up for the moment I receive my black belt. I have been passionate about karate...

What a black belt means To me by Nedaa Jaber

 Becoming a black belt means a lot to me. For example it shows my journey of dedication, hard work, effort, relationships with people I’ve created and all throughout it along with my experience and childhood. Growing up the first sport I ever did was karate at the age...

What a black belt means To me by Kaitlyn Wiggins

Being a black belt is a huge accomplishment. It takes years of practice, hard work, dedication, and discipline to make it to this point. I would describe a black belt as strong, confident, dedicated, disciplined, supportive, and considerate. For about a year I sat in...

What a black belt means To me by Liam Kryzak

What black belt means to me... To gain physical conditioning and strength. To have confidence, a good attitude and perseverance. To be able to protect the people I love. To be modest and courteous.   My physical condition and strength were not strong when I first...

What a black belt means To me by Morgan Whitaker

In 2013 we moved from Philadelphia to Barrington NJ. I was four years old when I started Karate. One reason my parents wanted me to start karate was they noticed that I would let the other kids jump in front of me, while I was waiting my turn on the playground. My dad...

What Black belt means to me by Robs Vids

Black belt can mean a lot of things in different circumstances. From achieving a goal you’ve wanted to be the best you can be at something you love doing. For me, Black belt means a new chapter in life. Realizing that there will be ups and downs in life. But to...

What Black belt means to me by Vivian Tran

Going to karate always makes me feel happier and always distracts me from my other worries going on in my life. With quarantine happening, I took a 12-month break from karate to be safe and protect my high-risk family from the virus. That 12-month break took a huge...

What Black belt means to me by Sara Mazzuca

Hi, my name is Sara Mazzuca, I am a student at Amerikick EHT, New Jersey. I have been doing karate since I was 7 years old.  I remember my mom taking me to the karate school just to look at it, and right then I was actually able to take a trial class.  When I saw all...

Black Belt Essay by Matthew Leone

Journey to Black Belt To me journey to 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...

What Black Belt means to me By Grace Duffy

Earning my black belt rank Earning my black belt rank 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...

What My Black Belt Means to Me by Gracie Sokoloff

Degree Black Belt My degree 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...

What Black Belt Means to Me by Amelia Haque

Earning My Black Belt  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...

Black Belt Essay by Zachary Huot

how to get black belt in karate? 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...

Black Belt Essay by Ryan White

Lessons taught by Senseis 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...

Black Belt Essay by Andrew Anderson

How to become a black belt?  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...

Black Belt Essay by Cj Schlueter

What I have learned since receiving my Black Belt? 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...

Black Belt Essay by Tyler Derby

Sharper Skills: Refining Technique Through Kata Training 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, especially Kata Training, has made me push myself through tough...

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....

Black Belt Essay by Samara Landais

Amerikick Martial Arts Park Slope Amerikick 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...

Black Belt Essay by Connor Baily

Amerikick Black Belt  Being a Amerikick 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...

Black Belt Essay by Xander Stutzman

Martial Arts Karate Fun  Martial Arts 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...

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...

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Ally Ventura

This is what black belt means to me Amerikick 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,...

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,...

What Black Belt Means To Me by Adam Pitula

Black Belt Degree Karate Black Belt Degree 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...

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Jadyn Friedman

My journey with Karate belts  A black belt degree is one of the most important accomplishments that I could ever achieve. My journey with Karate belts  started 4 years ago when we came to Amerikick to try karate. I remember that my sister and I had our try out with...

Black Belt Essay by Megan Embrico

Martial Arts Karate When I started Martial Arts 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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

What Black Belt Means to Me BY Kristin Krauss

Black belt, to me, means failure. The adult karate beginner belongs to a fascinating genus of mammals. Within this genus, the species representing the “karate-mom pursuing a black belt” might possibly be the most formidable group of humans on the planet. The pursuit...

Black Belt Essay by Bill Diamantakos

The journey of my belt graduation began in  2012 at the age of 44. Although I was always interested in combat sports as long as I can remember, I never imagined that I could actually consider earning a black belt in karate at my age. My wife and children were invited...

Black Belt Essay by Hunter Penz

I have learned many things since receiving my black belt. Over the past two years of training as a black belt I have grown as a person and martial artist. I learned the importance of self-defense, confidence, and how to teach martial arts. I started karate when I was...

Black Belt Essay by Debra Makino

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...

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Miles Kellner

When I was three years old Sensei Chris came to William Penn Center Preschool once a week to teach us the basic foundations of karate. I enjoyed learning karate because it was really fun and helped me get my energy out because I was (and still am, at age 10) a very...

Black Belt Essay by 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...

Black Belt Essay by Jake Sisco

Back in December 2015, I received my Junior Black Belt 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...

What a Black Belt Means To Me by Zachary Pervil

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...

What A Black Belt Means To Me by Lara Ongan

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...

What My Blackbelt Means To Me by Trey Scarborough

I began karate when I was 4 years old. My mom told me that her and my dad started me in karate so that I could have an activity outside of the house. I had already tried soccer and I did not like it. When I first started karate, I thought it was easy. I liked doing...

Black Belt Essay by Ananya Venkatachalam

The year in which I tested for and earned my senior black belt was a very tumultuous one, at best. I had just made the transition from elementary school to middle school; it’s not a very easy change for anyone involved (including the parents of those hormonal,...

Black Belt Essay by StevieLynn Hunt

Black belt is important to me because I can be a leader. When I see senseis wearing a black belt, I want to be just like them. They inspire me because I know that they went through so much to get their black belt. They have dedicated years to get their black belt. I...

Black Belt Test Essay by Kylie Wright

Since I have gotten my black belt I have learned how to be confident. I learned leadership and teamwork. What I like about being a black belt is that there is more to learn, and I realized a lot about my family.When I perform or I’m competing, I need to be confident....

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Dolan Harte

What being a black belt means to me by Dolan Harte. Being a black belt means many things.  It means dedication, hard work, friendship and accomplishment. It is showing dedication to classes every week, which is hard when you play sports and have tests at school.  I...

What A Black Belt Means to Me by Tyler Peleckis

A black belt means to me, that you can accomplish anything if you keep trying. It has also taught me to set goals that need to be accomplished and to never give up trying to achieve these goals, and to reach my ultimate goal of getting my black belt. So, say you have...

Black Belt Essay by 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...

Theo Molot: What a Black Belt Means to Me ?

I had to think about this. When I was five, I hated karate because my parents forced me to do it. Later I realized I enjoyed karate and working towards my next belt. I always felt a sense of achievement when I got to the next belt because I earned that belt by knowing...

What a Black Belt Means to me by Jack (JJ) Traversa

A black belt is usually symbolized with mastery and expertise in karate, although that is only half true. Yes, someone has to work very hard to earn their black belt, but there will always be more to learn and more to improve upon. That is why a black belt is not only...

Black Belt Essay by Liam Keet

 I have had my Junior Black Belt for about two years, and now, I am getting ready to try to earn my Senior Black Belt. I learned many things during my time as a Junior Black Belt, but the top three lessons were about respect, responsibility, and giving back. Those...

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Vivian Zarallo

All of these years I have been training and working up to my black belt. The ingredients of a black belt are blood, sweat and tears.  I went from white belt up to red belt working and preparing for my black belt.  Getting your first black belt is a once in a lifetime...

Black Belt Essay by Noah Stapleton

For the past few years I have been working for a goal: getting my black belt. For a long time I have been waiting for the accomplishment of getting my black belt. I worked very hard trying to get it and now I’m almost to the point where I finally achieve it. A black...

Black Belt Essay by Katelin Harkins

Throughout my time of being a black belt, I have noticed many changes that have occurred since becoming one. Many changes are minor, like different classes, practicing more, and learning more curriculum. Being a black belt has a stronger impact on a person than most...

Black Belt Essay by Shane Billow

What have I learned since I earned my black belt? I have learned many things since receiving my junior and senior black belts.  The most important things I have learned are that hard work pays off, the belt symbolizes respect that I have to continually earn and I can...

Senior Black Belt Test Essay by James Kennedy

Since I’ve gotten my black belt I’ve learned that I still have to learn, not even just the katas and techniques. I can learn to teach lower belts more. I can learn new sparing strategies/techniques, and of course I need to remember all of my old curriculum, my nine...

Black Belt Essay by Joshua Rehn

When you get your black belt it is just the beginning. The moment it touches your hands, you feel like a master, but it’s not that easy. You have to continue to earn it everyday. You have to go through the pain, the tears, and the glory before you get your black belt....

Black Belt Essay by Michael Lachyta

 The first thing is my self-defense. The self-defense moves had gotten harder and more useful in real life situation. Self- defense has taught me how to defend myself and how to get stronger with such moves. To know those moves I had to train and not just fool around,...

Black Belt Essay by Shannon Clark

Over the past few months, I have written many essays for college applications. For each one, I was confined to defining my entire personality in 500 words or less. During this process, I had to ask myself what makes me who I am. This is when I realized that all of my...

What A Black Belt Means by Kasey Schwalje

I have been taking karate for five years. Throughout those five years, I have learned a lot. I haven’t only learned how to defend and protect myself if needed, but I have grown so much more as a person. Five years ago, I was a small, ten year old who was coming home...

what black belt means by Clark Montero

Black Belt Degree  Process  Black belt Degree is one of the hardest belts that I will try to earn. It is a long process and there are no shortcuts. Being a black belter to me is being part of a sensei and with it comes a big responsibility. With the Amerikick karate...

Black Belt Essay by Matthew Pimpinella

Since becoming a Jr Black Belt I’ve learned to stay motivated even with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is an auto-immune disease that affects my intestines. Often times it leaves me fatigued, weak, and in severe pain. I have to take many medications to control the...

Black Belt Essay by Noah Fillgrove

Becoming a black belt has involved many different learning experiences along the way, and being one has led to even more learning. Once I became a black belt, I started to learn why we did the stuff we do, I learned how to teach better, and especially how to control...

Essay Senior Black Belt by Gabriel Amromin

After two years when I got my junior black belt, I learned how to be stronger, learned new self-defense techniques, how to be brave, learned new katas, being sensei, and be patient, fight better, responsible and confident I got stronger over 2 years by training at...

Black Belt Test Essay Derry li

When I received my senior black belt, I was proud of my achievement. I was excited to move on, to have passed my testing. Since then, I’m not sure how long it has been. I’ve still enjoyed taking lessons for Karate at the same location I’ve always gone to since I was a...

Black belt essay by Sophia DePietro

What does it mean to be a black belt? That’s a hard question to ask someone who has never had experience with being a black belt but I do have experience with peers of mine being black belts so I can...

1st Degree Essay by Matthew Shaffer

It has been 10 years since I started my karate journey. From receiving my white belt to earning my Black Belt, I have learned that karate is not only a sport but a way of life. What I have I learn since receiving my Black Belt is that I still have a lot to learn, even...

1st Degree Essay by Jenna Shaffer

I have been doing karate for about 10 years and ever since starting as a white belt. While working my way up to a senior black belt working for my 1st degree black belt, I have learned many new katas and self-defense techniques. Some examples of techniques that I have...

Junior Black Belt Essay by Jayden Walker

When I first started karate at 5 years old, I wanted to be able to defend myself. I thought that I could just do it for a while and be done with it. But I quickly learned that it actually takes a pretty long time to get to the point where you can use the techniques in...

What a black belt means to me By Cole Stiles

I think I started doing karate when I was 5, so getting a black belt is a long-term goal that I will have accomplished by working hard and being focused which is not always easy for me. I have a ton of energy and like to do things like sports and karate helps me to...

What it means to be a black belt by Mason Galette

I should show honesty and respect to everybody and be nice.  A black belt takes lots of responsibility like teaching a class.  It takes writing an essay, practicing thirty push ups non stop, fifty lunges, fifty squats, and techniques and a whole lot more.  I should do...

What a blackbelt means to me by Haley Galette

Some concepts that come to mind when I hear the words ‘black belt’ are courage, honesty, and respect. I want to be a black belt to show younger students how to get to the level I have reached and show them how to defend themselves. I watch the sensei’s teach other...

What Black Belt Means to Me – Lucas Vedam

Black belt is very important, it signifies that you did not give up during your training as an amerikick member, when you were a white belt, to your black belt testing. Black belt also signifies that you know Amerikick techniques and katas and that you understood them...

What Black Belt Means To Me by Mary Fey

Receiving a black belt would mean everything to me. I’ve been doing karate for about 5 years, and I’ve always put a lot of time and effort into it. Through the past 2 years of being a red belt, it has taught me a lot about patience. The patience of waiting for a black...

What black belt means to me by Meghan Laster

When I began this journey, getting a black belt was not my intention. I had been taking my kids to Amerikick Delran for classes and I decided to take classes for some exercise. It was a gradual transition from there. Each belt was an accomplishment. I have enjoyed the...

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Theo Molot

What a black belt means to me? I had to think about this. When I was five, I hated karate because my parents forced me to do it. Later I realized I enjoyed karate and working towards my next belt. I always felt a sense of achievement when I got to the next belt...

What earning a black belt means to me by George Leigh

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 I can fight and I can stand up for myself when I need to. Having this feeling would make me proud of myself for achieving this goal. This also...

What a Black Belt Meant to me 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...

What I have learned as a black belt 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 after six years. Between those two points in time, I have learned many things. However, the...

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Alek Stein

Journey to the Black Belt 2I 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....

What a Black Belt Means to Me by Samara Landais

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 respect, I...

What A Black Belt Means to Me by Michael Dubler

Hello, my name is Michael Dubler and I have been going to AmeriKick for about seven years now. I am currently a red belt testing for my junior black belt in May 2019. I am going to tell you what a black belt means to me and what it would be like to have a chance to...

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 dojo’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 plus...

What A Black Belt Means To Me 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...

What Becoming a Black belt means to me by Rick Miles

Amerikick Black Belt adventure  The adventure to my Amerikick Black Belt began about four and a half years ago. My daughter Joselyn, now a jr. Black belt, wanted to begin her career as a ninja. After some quick google searches my wife found a deal for classes and a...