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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 a hard test and you don’t know a thing about it, the best thing to do is to study. It has taking me almost 4 years to become a black belt and sometimes it’s hard and you feel like you want to quit and give up. My whole family, along with all the sensei’s at Amerikick have been so supportive throughout my wonderful journey of reaching my goal of earning a black belt.
Karate makes you stronger, honest, respectful, and dedicated. Being a black belt means to be a leader, help others succeed, never be a bully and to help others to get their black belt. When I first look at a black belt I think discipline. Discipline means, practice, training and self-control.
Something else karate has helped me with is patience when I first started I had no patience but as I got higher and higher with my belt rank I learned the importance to focus on that one thing that you are doing to the best of your ability.
Working on my black belt has taught me to set goals in life. Such as in school, playing sports, and will help me throughout my life.
One of the most important things training for my black belt has taught me is to never give up. When I first began karate, I was a white belt, getting my black belt seemed impossible, but I never gave up. I focused on learning my katas, weapons, and sparing. I have gone to many tournaments to compete against other kids and I have tried my very best to get a gold medal each time.
Working for my black belt has been hard and very challenging but I am almost through it. One of my favorite parts of training for my black belt is sparing. I really like sparing drills and sparing against other students. Drills teach me how to defend myself and other kids if they’re getting picked on. I have been working toward this goal with many friends, I am happy to say I have quite a few. This makes it fun and motivating. I have struggled with confidence, but karate has helped me to gain confidence in myself. It has taught me to believe I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
Earning my black belt has been a lot of fun and hard work, but I could have never done it without the help of all the sensei’s at Amerikick. Sensei Denis, Sensei Sharon, Sensei Kevin, Sensei Cory, Sensei Erik, Sensei Natalie, and Sensei Emily have all helped me become a black belt. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.