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What a black belt means To me by Erick Sandoval Arguello

A Black Belt isn’t just a rank or a belt it is yourself, your life. A person with a Black Belt should bring good to our world. We all got our white belt, orange belt, yellow belt, so on so forth to reach a new beginning. The tenets of karate: Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit are not only what a person with a black belt holds but also what a true martial artist holds. Sense Jason has told us many things but the one thing that I can’t forget is that “A BLACK BELT IS A WHITE BELT WHO NEVER GAVE UP”. Discipline is also a big part of having a black belt because without discipline you will not be able to control yourself, you will just do whatever with the title of a person with a black belt. When Sensei Jason asked me what a black belt means to me and what I will do to give back to the community… I had to think… a lot. A black belt is my family. Although my mom Minerva isn’t in the community of karate, she has been so supportive to us. Even from the beginning, at the age of 7 and 6 when my mom enrolled us to do weekly lessons at the clubhouse in our community. My mom did this because we were hyper… all the time and she wanted our energy to be drained so that we could sleep early. When My friend came to visit from Virginia , my mom enrolled him as well so that the three of us can bond because we didn’t know each other at that time. When the program ended, the instructor wanted to build his own school, and that is when we started to go up the ranks and do tournaments. 4 years later, the school that we were in got hit with trouble. My dad told us that we were gonna move schools so that we could continue our journey. A black belt is also persevering.  Persevering is a big part of preparing and doing the test. I have to persevere because I just can’t keep up with my brother and my cousin so I have to persevere in my training, not just for my black belt but also reaching this point. So to me, a Black belt is my family and perseverance. What I will do to give back to the community is teach(The little kids to do what there supposed to do and teach them their katas and basics), assist and help the students. I will do this because I feel joy when I help people. When I taught my first class I felt happy because I am teaching the students what I learn and when I see them smile it makes me happy. I will also do this because my parents would be happy to see me teach or just lead a warm-up or help a student with something they are struggling on. When I see my parents smile when I assist, lead a warm-up or teach makes me happy. In conclusion, I would like to thank sensei jason,sensei john,sensei krosi for allowing me to test for my black belt and helping me along the way. I would also like to thank Sensei Jason for everything he has done to arrange this test. I would also like to thank my mom Minerva for starting my journey and watching me grow in this community. Last but not the least I would like to thank Sensei Jason for helping me learn respect and discipline. Thank you so much for allowing us to test for our black belt!